Darren Manning

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Darren Manning
Darren Manning 2009 Indy 500 Second Qual Day.JPG
Darren Manning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2009.
Nationality British
Born (1975-04-30) 30 April 1975 (age 39)
Knaresborough, England, UK
2014 IRL IndyCar Series
Debut season 2004
Current team Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Car no. 23
Former teams Chip Ganassi Racing, A.J. Foyt Enterprises
Starts 60
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 11th in 2004
Previous series
2000-2001
2002
2002-2003
2006-2007
Formula 3000
ASCAR
CART
A1 Grand Prix

Darren Manning (born 30 April 1975 in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England) is a motor racing driver, most recently racing in the IRL IndyCar Series for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

Career history[edit]

Early career[edit]

Darren began his racing career at the age of 10, competing in British and International karting events. In 1992, he took part in the Brands Hatch Formula First Winter Series, finishing second after recording two wins. His SpeedSport team took him in 1993 to race in the Formula Vauxhall championship again recording 2 victories en route to a second place finish in the championship. He was also a finalist for the McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year award. He continued in Formula Vauxhall in 1994 and 1995 and moved up to Formula 3 in 1996 and 1997. Budget constraints meant that he only raced a limited F3 schedule in 1998, but he did achieve two wins including at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix support race.

International career[edit]

In 1999 Darren won the All-Japan Formula Three championship, and was the first driver to achieve the "perfect victory" at the Macau Grand Prix since Ayrton Senna by winning from pole position, leading every lap and setting a lap record. He also tested with the Williams F1 team. In 2000 he began working for the BAR Honda F1 team as a test driver while also racing in the FIA International Formula 3000 championship for Arden Team Russia.

In 2002 he competed in the ASCAR (now SCSA) championship. He had a one-off drive in the FIA Sportscar championship at Magny-Cours driving a Tampolli SR2 RTA-2001 in the SR2 class for JCI Developments. He also had a one-off drive at Rockingham in the CART series for Team St George, leading 18 laps on the way to 9th place. This led to a full-time drive for Walker Racing in 2003, taking one top-3 finish and 9th overall in the championship.

He joined Chip Ganassi's IRL team for 2004, finishing 11th in the championship having achieved 8 top-ten finishes but he was released from his contract in the middle of 2005 after 24 starts, including the 2004 and 2005 Indianapolis 500.

He raced at the last round of the 2005/6 A1 Grand Prix series at Shanghai, because main driver Robbie Kerr had other commitments and Darren helped secure A1 Team Great Britain third place in the overall standings. During 2006 he also drove a Nissan 350Z in the FIA GT Championship for RJN Motorsport.

For the 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix season he moved into a permanent role in the Great Britain A1GP team, alongside Robbie Kerr and Oliver Jarvis.

On 14 November 2006, Manning was named the driver of the A.J. Foyt Enterprises #14 car in the IRL IndyCar series for the 2007 season, marking his return to the league after a one-year absence.[1] Manning also drove in the 2007 24 Hours of Daytona and led his team to a second-place finish, leading the race during a long overnight stint in the rain. He finished 13th in IndyCar points in 2007, capturing 5 top-tens in what was widely considered a significant step forward for the previously struggling Foyt team. In 2008 he finished second at Watkins Glen, with six further top ten finishes en route to 14th overall.

In 2009, he was racing for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in IndyCar, but left after two races. No reason has been given by either driver or team.

In 2010 Manning drove for Spirit of Daytona Racing in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in the number 90 Daytona Prototype.

Motorsports career results[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2000 Arden Team Russia IMO
12
SIL
2
CAT
7
NUR
Ret
MON
Ret
MAG
8
A1R
3
HOC
13
HUN
8
SPA
Ret
8th 10
2001 Arden Team Russia INT
8
IMO
2
CAT
20
A1R
Ret
MON
Ret
NUR
7
MAG
5
SIL
6
HOC
Ret
HUN
Ret
SPA
Ret
MNZ
Ret
11th 9

American Open-Wheel[edit]

(key)

CART[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
2002 Team St. George Lola B02/00 Ford XF V8t MTY LBH MOT MIL LS POR CHI TOR CLE VAN MDO ROA MTL DEN ROC
9
MIA SRF FON MXC 21st 4
2003 Walker Racing Reynard 02i Ford XFE V8t STP
13
MTY
7
LBH
8
BRH
10
LAU
6
MIL
4
LS
18
POR
6
CLE
10
TOR
8
VAN
5
ROA
6
MDO
8
MTL
10
DEN
8
MIA
11
MXC
9
SRF
2
FON
NH
9th 103

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
2004 Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force GF09B Toyota Indy V8 HMS
6
PHX
5
MOT
4
INDY
Ret
TXS
8
RIR
Ret
KAN
11
NSH
4
MIL
Ret
MIS
13
KTY
10
PPIR
4
NZR
6
CHI
Ret
FON
DNS
TX2
INJ
11th 323
2005 Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz GF09C Toyota Indy V8 HMS
6
PHX
8
STP
9
MOT
8
INDY
Ret
TXS
17
RIR
Ret
KAN
7
NSH
Ret
MIL
Ret
MIS KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON 21st 186
2007 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 HMS
Ret
STP
12
MOT
12
KAN
11
INDY
20
MIL
11
TXS
Ret
IOW
5
RIR
14
WGL
9
NSH
9
MDO
6
MIS
Ret
KTY
13
SNM
12
DET
4
CHI
Ret
13th 332
2008 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 HMS
13
STP
13
MOT1
8
LBH1
DNP
KAN
Ret
INDY
9
MIL
13
TXS
Ret
IOW
Ret
RIR
12
WGL
2
NSH
9
MDO
8
EDM
10
KTY
Ret
SNM
22
DET
12
CHI
7
SRF2 14th 323
2009 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 STP
8
LBH
16
KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS 31st 38
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
5 3 60 0 0 1 25 0 0

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 Great Britain GBR
SPR

GBR
FEA

GER
SPR

GER
FEA

POR
SPR

POR
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

UAE
SPR

UAE
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

USA
SPR

USA
FEA

CHN
SPR

2
CHN
FEA

15
3rd 97
2006–07 NED
SPR

5
NED
FEA

7
CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

BEI
SPR

BEI
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

SHA
SPR

SHA
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

3rd 92

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2007 Arena Motorsports International LMP1 Zytek 07S Zytek 2ZG408 4.0L V8 M SEB STP LNB TEX UTA LIM MID AME MOS DET PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON
ovr:10
cls:4
16th 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manning lands with Foyt www.grandprix.com

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Dumbreck
All-Japan Formula Three
Champion

1999
Succeeded by
Sebastien Philippe
Preceded by
Peter Dumbreck
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

1999
Succeeded by
André Couto