Antonio García (racing driver)

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Antonio García
Antonio García 2009.jpg
García in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans drivers parade
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1980-06-05) 5 June 1980 (age 34)
Madrid, Spain
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 20062014
Teams Russian Age Racing, Team Modena, Aston Martin Racing, Corvette Racing
Best finish 9th (2006)
Class wins 3 (2008, 2009, 2011)

Antonio García (born June 5, 1980) is a Spanish racing driver from Madrid. He has three class wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning GT1 with Aston Martin Racing in 2008 and with Corvette Racing in 2009 (GT1) and 2011 (GTE-Pro).

Single-seater career[edit]

After a childhood in karting, García began racing cars in Formula Renault Campus in 1997. In 1998 he moved to the new Open Fortuna by Nissan series. The series changed its name to World Series by Nissan in 1999 and in 2000, García was the series champion with Campos Motorsport. This success saw García have a part-time opportunity to race in International Formula 3000 in 2001 and make his sports car debut in FIA GT. In 2002 he returned full-time to World Series by Nissan, was a test driver for Minardi, and finished 12th in FIA GT. In 2003 he moved full-time to the European Touring Car Championship driving a Ravaglia Motorsport BMW to 8th place in points. He improved to 7th place with the same team in 2004. The series became the World Touring Car Championship in 2005 and he finished 9th in points. In December 2014 it was announced that Garcia would drive for China Racing in the 2014 Punta del Este ePrix in Uruguay, the third round of the 2014 Formula E season. He replaced Ho-Pin Tung who is due to participate in the Abu Dhabi Gulf 12 hour race.[1]

Sportscar career[edit]

García driving for Corvette Racing in the 2012 Petit Le Mans.

García made his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut in 2006 but did not participate in any racing full-time. He returned to full-time action in 2007 competing in the Le Mans Series in the Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9, finishing 6th in points. García signed on with the Cheever Racing team in the Rolex Sports Car Series in 2008, but the team struggled with their new Coyote/Fabcar and García only finished 21st in points. He also participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the factory Aston Martin Racing DBR9 which won the GT1 class. He drove for Brumos Racing in the 2009 24 Hours of Daytona, winning with teammates David Donohue, Darren Law, and Buddy Rice. He signed on with Corvette Racing to compete in the full season of the American Le Mans Series starting in 2009.[2]

Beginning in 2012, García competed in some Rolex Sports Car Series events with Spirit of Daytona Racing.

García is a good friend of Formula One champion Fernando Alonso from their days together in karting. Alonso attended the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans as a guest of García.

Results[edit]

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2005 BMW Team-Italy Spain BMW 320i ITA
1

5
ITA
2

3
FRA
1

5
FRA
2

4
GBR
1

15
GBR
2

Ret
SMR
1

2
SMR
2

9
MEX
1

5
MEX
2

2
BEL
1

6
BEL
2

8
GER
1

14
GER
2

9
TUR
1

4
TUR
2

Ret
ESP
1

14
ESP
2

6
MAC
1

9
MAC
2

DNS
9th 51

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2006 Russia Russian Age Racing
United Kingdom Team Modena
Australia David Brabham
Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 343 9th 4th
2007 United Kingdom Team Modena Netherlands Jos Menten
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 318 17th 10th
2008 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Australia David Brabham
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 344 13th 1st
2009 United States Corvette Racing United States Johnny O'Connell
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 342 15th 1st
2010 United States Corvette Racing United States Johnny O'Connell
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2 225 DNF DNF
2011 United States Corvette Racing Monaco Olivier Beretta
United States Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Pro
314 11th 1st
2012 United States Corvette Racing Denmark Jan Magnussen
United States Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Pro
326 23rd 5th
2013 United States Corvette Racing Denmark Jan Magnussen
United States Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Pro
312 19th 4th
2014 United States Corvette Racing Denmark Jan Magnussen
United States Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
338 14th 2nd


Complete Formula E results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pos Points
2014-15 China Racing Spark-Renault SRT 01E BEI
PUT
PDE
11
BNA
MIA
LBH
MON
BER
LON
21st* 0*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Garcia joins China Racing in Uruguay". Formula E Operations. FIA Formula E Championship. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Corvette Racing 2009 lineup announced, GM Racing PR via Motorsport.com, February 4, 2009

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fernando Alonso
Open Telefónica by Nissan
Champion

2000
Succeeded by
Franck Montagny