Jean-Karl Vernay

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Jean-Karl Vernay
Vernay Jean-Karl.JPG
Nationality France French
Born (1987-10-31) 31 October 1987 (age 26)
Villeurbanne (France)
Super GT (GT500)
Years active 2014
Teams Dome Racing
Car no. 18
Previous series
2013
2012
2011
2010
2007-2009
2006-07
2006
2005
FIA WEC (LMGTE Am)
Porsche Carrera Cup France
Formula Renault 3.5
Indy Lights
F3 Euroseries
A1 Grand Prix
French Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Campus France
Championship titles
2012
2010
2005
Porsche Carrera Cup France
Indy Lights
Formula Campus France
Awards
2010 Indy Lights Rookie of the Year

Jean-Karl "J. K." Vernay (born 31 October 1987 in Villeurbanne, Rhône) is a French race car driver.

Career history[edit]

Karting[edit]

  • 2000 : 3rd in France Cadet Championship
  • 2001 : 5th in Speedy junior world Cup in Paris Bercy
  • 2002 : 2nd in Monaco kart cup
  • 2004 : 2nd in Belgium Championship, Formula A and 21st in world championship, Formula A

Formula[edit]

In 2005, he drove in the French Formula Campus series and finished 1st with 6 wins and 12 podiums on 14 races. The following year, he finished runner-up and best rookies in the French Formula Renault Championship with 7 podiums.

He drove two rounds as race driver in the 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix season and the last round as practice session driver.

In 2007, Jean-Karl was selected to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team program that offers funding and support for promising young drivers. With Tom Dillmann, they were the first French drivers to take part in the programme. Vernay is still a part of the team, along with fellow Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne.

The same year, he raced in the Formula Three Euroseries with Signature-Plus team finishing 10th. A second place was his best result, with another finish of 3rd in the non-championship Ultimate Masters of Formula 3 at Zolder behind Nico Hülkenberg and team-mate Yann Clairay.[1]

Vernay continued in the series in 2008, continuing with Signature-Plus. He ended up eighth in the championship, with 3 podiums coming at the Norisring, Brands Hatch and Le Mans. He also started his Brands Hatch podium race from pole position, thanks to the series' reverse grid system.

Vernay competed in a third season in 2009 for Signature, with team-mates Mika Mäki and Tiago Geronimi.[2] Vernay finally took his first win in the Euroseries, at the 42nd attempt, winning the sprint race at Hockenheim. He added a second win in the final race of the season, again at Hockenheim, passing Christopher Zanella on the final lap. At the season-ending Macau Grand Prix, Vernay set an outright lap record en route to a victory in the qualifying race, giving him pole position for the main event.[3] However, he lost out to Edoardo Mortara in the main race, after fluffing a gear shift.

Vernay has moved to the United States to race in the Firestone Indy Lights series in 2010 for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.[4] He won in his series debut on the Streets of St. Petersburg in a wet race.[5] He followed this up with another win at Barber Motorsports Park and a third place finish at Long Beach, leaving him 28 points clear at the top of the standings after 3 rounds. Vernay went on to win four races that season and clinched the championship over James Hinchcliffe with one race to go, having to just start the final round.

Sportscars[edit]

In 2012, Jean-Karl Vernay won the Porsche Carrera Cup France driving for Sébastien Loeb Racing. Vernay won the 24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Am class in 2013 while competing for IMSA Performance Matmut, driving a Porsche 997 GT3-RSR. He also contested in the full 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship season. In 2014, Vernay will drive for Weider Modulo Dome Racing in Super GT GT500 class.

Racing record[edit]

Vernay during the opening round of the 2009 Formula Three Euroseries season at Hockenheim.

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Points Position
2005 Formula Campus France La Filière 14 4 3 205 1st
2006 French Formula Renault 2.0 SG Formula 13 2 3 3 108 2nd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 NC†
2006-07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team France 4 0 0 0 3 4th‡
2007 Formula 3 Euro Series Signature-Plus 20 0 0 0 23 10th
2008 Formula 3 Euro Series Signature-Plus 20 0 0 0 35 8th
2009 Formula 3 Euro Series Signature 20 2 0 2 47 5th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 N/A 2nd
2010 Indy Lights Sam Schmidt Motorsports 13 5 3 2 494 1st
2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Pons Racing 2 0 0 0 0 NC
2012 Porsche Carrera Cup France Sébastien Loeb Racing 14 6 4 3 253 1st
2013 FIA WEC - LMGTE Am IMSA Performance Matmut 8 1 0 0 122 3rd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am 1 1 1 - N/A 1st
Porsche Supercup MRS-GT Racing 9 0 0 0 29 13th

† - As Vernay was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points. ‡ - Team standings.

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key)

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
2006–07 A1 Team France NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

Ret
MEX
FEA

20
CHN
SPR

Ret
CHN
FEA

8
GBR
SPR

PO
GBR
SPR

PO
4th 67

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2007 Signature-Plus Dallara F306/010 Mercedes HOC1
1

7
HOC1
2

4
BRH
1

16
BRH
2

12
NOR
1

5
NOR
2

Ret
MAG
1

8
MAG
2

2
MUG
1

5
MUG
2

Ret
ZAN
1

Ret
ZAN
2

7
NÜR
1

12
NÜR
2

10
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

Ret
NOG
1

8
NOG
2

4
HOC2
1

10
HOC2
2

Ret
10th 23
2008 Signature-Plus Dallara F308/033 Volkswagen HOC1
1

5
HOC1
2

Ret
MUG
1

25
MUG
2

Ret
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

14
NOR
1

3
NOR
2

4
ZAN
1

6
ZAN
2

4
NÜR
1

13
NÜR
2

7
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

2
CAT
1

17
CAT
2

11
BUG
1

5
BUG
2

3
HOC2
1

5
HOC2
2

4
8th 35
2009 Signature Dallara F308 Volkswagen HOC1
1

6
HOC1
2

1
MUG
1

3
MUG
2

12
PAU
1

7
PAU
2

2
NOR
1

4
NOR
2

5
ZAN
1

6
ZAN
2

7
NÜR
1

6
NÜR
2

15
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

8
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

14
BUG
1

18
BUG
2

Ret
HOC2
1

3
HOC2
2

1
5th 47

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

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

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
2010 Sam Schmidt Motorsports STP
1
ALA
1
LBH
3
INDY
13
IOW
3
WGL
1
TOR
1
EDM
2
MDO
8
SNM
1
CHI
4
KTY
3
HMS
15
1st 494

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2011 Pons Racing ALC
1

ALC
2

SPA
1

15
SPA
2

15
MNZ
1

MNZ
2

MON
1

NÜR
1

NÜR
2

HUN
1

HUN
2

SIL
1

SIL
2

LEC
1

LEC
2

CAT
1

CAT
2

NC 0

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2011 Signatech Nissan LMP2 Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 M SEB LNB LIM MOS MID AME BAL MON PET
ovr:22
cls:3
NC -

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2013 IMSA Performance Matmut LMGTE
Am
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR SIL
7
SPA
6
LMS
1
SÃO
4
COA
3
FUJ
5
SHA
2
BHR
6
3rd 122

* Season in progress.

Complete Porsche Supercup results[edit]

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

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2013 MRS GT-Racing ESP
12
MON
11
GBR
21
GER
11
HUN
11
BEL
14
ITA
9
UAE
Ret
UAE
DSQ
13th 29

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2013 France IMSA Performance Matmut France Raymond Narac
France Christophe Bourret
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGTE Am 306 26th 1st

Complete Super GT results[edit]

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

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Pts
2014 Dome Racing Honda NSX-GT GT500 OKA
5
FUJ
10
AUT
7
SUG
FUJ
SUZ
BUR
MOT
8th* 11*

*Season in progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hülkenberg wins F3 Masters as Grosjean stalls". MaximumMotorsport.co.uk. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  2. ^ "Vernay stays at Signature in Euro F3". autosport.com. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Stella-Maria; Waite, Lynne (2009-11-21). "Vernay wins caution plagued Macau qualification race". motorsport.com. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  4. ^ Sam Schmidt Motorsports signs JK Vernay, Sam Schmidt Motorsports PR via Motorsport.com, February 22, 2010, Retrieved 2010-02-22
  5. ^ Vernay Wins Wild St. Pete Season-Opener, eFormulaCarNews, March 28, 2010, retrieved 2010-03-28

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
J. R. Hildebrand
Firestone Indy Lights Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Josef Newgarden