Carlos Muñoz (racing driver)

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Carlos Muñoz
Carlos Muñoz 2011.jpg
Nationality  Colombian
Born (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 22)
Bogotá (Colombia)
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season 2014
Current team Andretti Autosport
Car no. 34
Former teams Panther Racing
Starts 12
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 3rd in 2014
Previous series
2012-2013
20102011
2009
2009
200809
2008
2007
Firestone Indy Lights
Formula 3 Euro Series
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
European F3 Open
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 Italy
Formula TR 1600 Pro Series
Awards
2013 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year

Carlos Andrés Muñoz (born 2 February 1992 in Bogotá, Colombia) is a professional racing driver from Colombia. He currently resides in Miami. He currently drives for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Muñoz began his motorsport career in karting back in 2002.

Formula TR Pro Series FR 1600[edit]

In 2007 aged just fifteen years old, Muñoz made his debut in single-seaters, racing in the Formula TR Pro Series. He took one podium place in four races, to end the season in eighth place.

Formula Renault[edit]

In 2008, Muñoz took part in both the Italian Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championships, racing for Prema Powerteam. In the Italian series, he finished sixteenth, taking six point-scoring positions in twelve races.[1] In the Eurocup, he failed to score a championship point with a best result of thirteenth at both the Nürburgring and Estoril.

The following season, Muñoz competed in both the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup championships for Epsilon Euskadi. He finished eighth in the Eurocup standings, taking ten points-scoring positions in fourteen races, including a podium in the second race at the Nürburgring.[2] In the West European Cup, he took seventh place in the championship, scoring two podium places.[3]

Formula Three[edit]

Along with his Formula Renault campaigns, Muñoz competed in three rounds of the European F3 Open Championship, driving for Porteiro Motorsport. He finished eleventh in the championship, with a best result of second at Spa-Francorchamps.[4] 2010 saw Muñoz move to the Formula 3 Euro Series, competing for Mücke Motorsport, joining Roberto Merhi at the team.[5] Muñoz finished ninth in the championship with a runner-up finish at Brands Hatch as his best finish. He also competed in two rounds (six races) of the British Formula Three Championship as a guest driver in the Invitational Class.

In 2011 Muñoz returned to F3 Euro Series, this time driving for Signature. He finished eighth in the championship with a best finish of third at Silverstone Circuit.

Indy Lights[edit]

In 2012, Muñoz moved to the United States to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights series for Andretti Autosport.[6] He captured two victories, including one on the oval at Auto Club Speedway and a win from the pole in Edmonton in addition to three other podium finishes on his way to fifth in the championship. Muñoz returned to the series for the 2013 season with Andretti Autosport and announced a deal to compete in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 with the team.

IndyCar Series[edit]

Muñoz qualified on the front row for the 2013 Indy 500 in the second position and ran with the leaders all race long. He led twelve laps and finished in second place, winning rookie of the year honors.[7]

At the 2 in T.O. on the Streets of Toronto, Muñoz replaced Panther Racing's Ryan Briscoe for Race 2 of the doubleheader after Briscoe broke his right wrist in an incident during Saturday's Race 1. After just 12 laps in the morning warmup to get acclimated with the car, Carlos started 24th in the race and finished 17th.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2007 Formula TR Pro Series FR 1600 JP Motorsports 4 0 0  ? 1 72 8th
2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Prema Powerteam 14 0 0 0 0 0 34th
Formula Renault 2.0 Italy 12 0 0 0 0 66 16th
2009 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Epsilon Euskadi 14 0 0 0 1 36 8th
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC 14 0 0 0 2 58 7th
European F3 Open Porteiro Motorsport 6 0 0 0 2 33 12th
2010 Formula 3 Euro Series Mücke Motorsport 18 0 0 0 1 18 9th
2011 Formula 3 Euro Series Signature 27 0 0 1 2 105 8th
2012 Firestone Indy Lights Andretti Autosport 12 2 1 0 5 377 5th
2013 Firestone Indy Lights Andretti Autosport 12 4 5 5 5 441 3rd
2013 IndyCar Series Andretti Autosport 2 0 0 0 1 74 28th
Panther Racing 1 0 0 0 0
2014 IndyCar Series Andretti Autosport 1 0 0 0 0 0 -*
  • * Season in progress.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 DC Points
2010 Mücke Motorsport Dallara F308/042 Mercedes LEC
1

Ret
LEC
2

12
HOC
1

14
HOC
2

Ret
VAL
1

10
VAL
2

Ret
NOR
1

6
NOR
2

9
NÜR
1

14
NÜR
2

9
ZAN
1

6
ZAN
2

4
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

2
OSC
1

8
OSC
2

10
HOC
1

11
HOC
2

6
9th 18
2011 Signature Dallara F308 Volkswagen LEC
1

6
LEC
2

5
LEC
3

7
HOC
1

8
HOC
2

2
HOC
3

9
ZAN
1

6
ZAN
2

12
ZAN
3

8
RBR
1

10
RBR
2

9
RBR
3

5
NOR
1

9
NOR
2

Ret
NOR
3

13
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

8
NÜR
3

8
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

11
SIL
3

3
VAL
1

5
VAL
2

7
VAL
3

10
HOC
1

8
HOC
2

14
HOC
3

Ret
8th 105

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2012 Andretti Autosport STP
14
ALA
14
LBH
5
INDY
2
DET
2
MIL
5
IOW
7
TOR
10
EDM
1
TRO
3
BAL
11
FON
1
5th 377
2013 Andretti Autosport STP
7
ALA
1
LBH
1
INDY
4
MIL
2
IOW
8
POC
1
TOR
4
MDO
4
BAL
9
HOU
12
FON
1
3rd 441

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2013 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
ALA
LBH
SAO
INDY
2
DET
DET
TXS
MIL
IOW
POC
TOR
FON
23
28th 74
Panther Racing TOR
17
MDO
SNM
BAL
HOU
HOU
2014 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12 Honda STP
17
LBH
3
ALA
23
IMS
24
INDY
4
DET
7
DET
8
TXS
13
HOU
3
HOU
22
POC
3
IOW
12
TOR
17
TOR
17
MDO
MIL
SNM
FON
7th* 384*
* Season still in progress

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2013 Dallara Chevrolet 2 2 Andretti Autosport
2014 Dallara Honda 7 4 Andretti Autosport

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Italy 2008". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  2. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2009". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 WEC 2009". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Legris takes stunning win, Mendez extends points lead". motorstv.com (Motors TV). 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-12-22. [dead link]
  5. ^ Mejia, Diego (2009-12-22). "Munoz to race Euro for Mucke". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  6. ^ Muñoz, Castenada join Indy Lights for St. Pete, Racer, 19 March 2012, Retrieved 2012-03-22
  7. ^ Newberry, Paul. Carlos Munoz: Indy runner-up headed back to minors, News & Observer, 26 May 2013, Retrieved 2013-06-01

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Rubens Barrichello
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

2013
Succeeded by
Kurt Busch