Chris Festa

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Chris Festa
Nationality  United States
Born (1985-09-05) September 5, 1985 (age 29)
Atlanta, Georgia
Retired 2008
Firestone Indy Lights Series
Years active 2005-2008
Teams Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Cheever Racing
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Rahal Letterman Racing
Car no. 25,19,51,9,24
Starts 40
Wins 0
Poles 2
Fastest laps 33 races
Best finish 2nd in 2005, 2007
Previous series
2004
2003
Toyota Atlantic
U.S. Formula Ford 2000 Zetec
Championship titles
2002 2

Chris Festa, born in Atlanta on September 5, 1985, is an American auto racing driver.

Festa leading Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and Marty Roth during a race on the Streets of St. Petersburg in 2005
Festa (inside) racing alongside Micky Gilbert in the 2008 Firestone Freedom 100

Chris raced the #9 Dallara for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Indy Pro Series in 2007. He also served as Target Chip Ganassi Racing's development driver where he did all the test and development driving for the team's Indycar program during the 2007 and 2008 Seasons. His work contributed heavily to the win in the 2008 Indy 500 and 2008 Indycar Series Championship for Scott Dixon. As of the end of the 2007 season he has made 39 IPS starts with a best finish of 2nd (3 times) and won the pole for the first race of the 2007 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Festa finished 6th, 8th, and 10th in series points in his first three seasons in the Pro Series, respectively.

He previously competed in the Toyota Atlantic series in 2004 for Rahal Letterman Racing where he was teammates with Danica Patrick. and finished 8th in series points at the age of 18. Chris Festa was a surprise addition to the #7 SAMAX Motorsport Daytona Prototype team for the 2007 24 Hours of Daytona, but drove well and the team finished a respectable 6th place. He returned to the series, now known as the Firestone Indy Lights Series driving for the new Alliance Motorsports team. Festa left the team after 7 races with a best finish of 5th in the season opener at Homestead-Miami after the team's funding ran out. He finished 22nd in points.

Over the course of Chris Festa's career, he won over 60 races and was known for his aggressive style.

Chris Festa is a brother of Kappa Sigma at Florida State University.

Chris Festa is now retired from Professional Racing and is currently living in Atlanta, GA.

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