John Edwards (racing driver)

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John Edwards
John Edwards Race Car Driver.jpg
Nationality United States American
Born (1991-03-11) March 11, 1991 (age 23)
Louisville, Kentucky, (USA)
2014 Rolex Series (GT), Continental Series (GS), American Le Mans Series(GT)
Car no. 57 (Rolex GT), 9 (Continental GS), 56 (ALMS GT)
Starts 39 (Rolex), 29 (Continental), 4 (ALMS)
Wins 7 (Rolex), 4 (Continental), 1 (ALMS)
Previous series
2007, 09
2008
2006
200506
2005
Atlantic Championship
Star Mazda
Formula Renault NEC
Formula Renault Eurocup
Formula Renault Germany
Championship titles
2009
2008
Atlantic Championship
Star Mazda

John Michael Edwards (born March 11, 1991 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American sports car racing driver. He is currently a BMW factory driver competing in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Career[edit]

Edwards began racing cars at the young age of 12 in 2003 in the Skip Barber Series. To the best of his knowledge he became the youngest open wheel racing driver in history, taking his first win at Daytona International Speedway at 12 years and 238 days of age.[1]

In 2005 he went to Europe to compete first in Italian Karting and then after an unexpected early promotion to the world of European motor racing at age 14 he was the youngest to ever hold a FIA racing license racing in Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup and Formula Renault 2.0 Germany. He finished 16th in Eurocup in 2006 and 5th with a win in Anderstorp. In 2007 he returned to the United States and drove in the Atlantic Championship and finished 9th in points for Forsythe Championship Racing with a second at Toronto.

In 2008 he stepped back on the US racing ladder where he won the championship of the Star Mazda Series in spite of missing the first race of the season. He returned to Atlantics for the 2009 season driving for Newman Wachs Racing. He captured 4 wins and 3 poles on his way to the championship. He won the championship over Jonathan Summerton and Simona de Silvestro, 2nd and 3rd in the 2009 Atlantic Championship season.[2]

For 2010, he transitioned to sports cars to join the Mazda factory team and Speed Source, racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class with co-driver Adam Christodoulou.[3] His 2010 highlights included a GT class win in the Grand-Am race at Lime Rock. Also in 2010, driving along co-drivers Michael Auriemma and Michael Edwards, he secured two Nürburgring VLN Class wins for Schubert Motorsports.

For 2011 he joined for Stevenson Motorsports in the Grand-Am Continental GS series. Partnered with Matt Bell, they secured wins at Laguna Seca and Road America. In 2011 he also raced a partial season with Team Sahlen in the Grand-Am GT series, taking the Mazda to the podium several times with co-driver Wayne Nonnamaker.

For 2012 he once again drove with Stevenson Motorsports in both the Grand-Am Continental GS and GT series. At the beginning of the season he suffered an off track anterior cruciate ligament injury and missed the first three races of the season. He returned to achieve 4 pole positions in GT qualifying in the remaining 9 races. After a series of podium finishes in GT he and his teammate Robin Liddell secured victories at Watkins Glen and Lime Rock. He and Matt Bell also had a win at Laguna Seca in the GS series.

In 2013, Edwards returned with Stevenson Motorsports, finishing 3rd in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class with Robin Liddell and 2nd in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class with Matt Bell. In early 2013, John also joined BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing part-time, subbing for Joey Hand in the American Le Mans Series GT class, driving the BMW Z4 GTE. He and Dirk Müller achieved one win among 4 podiums.

For the 2014 season, Edwards was picked up full time by BMW, teaming with Dirk Müller in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship GTLM class. He also joined Fall-Line Motorsports in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class, teaming with Trent Hindman.

Edwards currently resides in Jackson, Wyoming.[citation needed]

Motorsports career results[edit]

American Open-Wheel Racing Results[edit]

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

Atlantic Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2007 Red Bull Forsythe Racing LVG
Ret
LBH
4
HOU
12
POR1
21
POR2
Ret
CLE
19
MTT
11
TOR
2
EDM1
6
EDM2
8
SJO
Ret
ROA
8
9th 125
2009 Newman Wachs Racing SEB
1
UTA
2
NJ1
5
NJ2
6
LIM
2
ACC1
1
ACC2
1
MDO
Ret
TRR
2
MOS
2
ATL
3
LS
1
1st 182

Star Mazda Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2008 AIM Autosport SEB
NA
UTA
1
WGI
6
POR1
26
POR2
1
ROA
2
TRR
2
MOS
4
NJ1
1
NJ2
3
ATL
1
LS
2
1st 422

Sports car racing results[edit]

Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge[edit]

Year Team Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2010 Freedom Autosport ST DIS
22
HOM
BAR
VIR
WGI
MOH
NJP
TRR
UTA
90th 9
2011 Stevenson Motorsports GS DIS
28
HMS
11
BAR
5
VIR
9
LRP
4
WGI
2
ROA
1
LS
1
NJP
14
MOH
33
8th 218
2012 Stevenson Motorsports GS DIS
17
BAR
NA
HMS
NA
NJP
12
MOH
5
ROA
6
WGI
4
IMS
8
LS
1
LRP
4
9th 198
2013 Stevenson Motorsports GS DIS
6
COTA
10
BAR
2
ATL
1
MOH
3
WGI
6
IMS
20
ROA
17
KAS
1
LS
2
LRP
2
2nd 289

Rolex Sports Car Series[edit]

Year Team Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2010 SpeedSource GT DIS
HMS
9
BAR
5
VIR
11
LRP
1
WGI
5
MOH
2
NJP
5
WGI
6
TRR
8
UTA
3
3rd 300
2011 SpeedSource GT DIS
6
HMS
BAR
VIR
LRP
WGI
10
17th 183
Team Sahlen GT ROA
2
LS
14
NJP
5
WGI
8
MTL
6
MOH
6
2012 Stevenson Motorsports GT DIS
17
BAR
HMS
NJP
2
DET
3
MOH
3
ROA
6
IMS
15
WGI
14
MTL
1
LS
8
LRP
1
8th 306
2013 Stevenson Motorsports GT DIS
15
COTA
15
BAR
1
ATL
1
DET
1
MOH
10
WGI
1
IMS
2
ROA
8
KAS
4
LS
5
LRP
4
3rd 330

American Le Mans Series[edit]

Year Team Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2013 BMW Team RLL GT SEB
7
LBG
LS
3
LRP
1
MOS
ROA
8
BAL
COTA
2
VIR
ATL
2
7th 82

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Markus Niemelä
Formula Atlantic Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Incumbent
(2010–2011 seasons cancelled)
Preceded by
Dane Cameron
Star Mazda Championship Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Adam Christodoulou