José María López

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José María López
Jose maria lopez spafrancorchamps2014.JPG
Nationality  Argentine
Born (1983-04-26) 26 April 1983 (age 31)
Río Tercero (Argentina)
2014 World Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2013
Current team Citroën Total WTCC
Car no. 37
Former teams Wiechers-Sport
Starts 15
Wins 11
Poles 7
Fastest laps 10
Best finish 1st in 2014
Previous series
2012–13
2008–13
2008–13
2008
2007–11
2007
200506
2004
200304
2003, 200506
2002
200102
Super TC 2000
Top Race V6
Turismo Carretera
FIA GT Championship
TC 2000 Championship
American Le Mans Series
GP2 Series
International Formula 3000
Formula Renault V6 Eurocup
Formula One testing
Formula Renault Italia
FR2000 Eurocup
Championship titles
2014
2012
2009
200809
2003
2002
WTCC
Super TC 2000
Top Race V6
TC 2000 Championship
Formula Renault V6 Eurocup
Formula Renault Italia

José María "Pechito" López (born 26 April 1983 in Río Tercero, Argentina) is a race car driver, and reigning World Touring Car Champion. He raced in the 2006 GP2 Series for the Super Nova team, and previously for the DAMS team, and the CMS team in Formula 3000. He was also at Renault F1 as a test driver. On 16 December 2013 he joined the Citroën Total WTCC team for the 2014 World Touring Car Championship season.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

López began in karting, before moving to the Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup in 2001, finishing in 17th position, taking one pole position and one fastest lap.[2] He stayed in the series for the 2002 season driving for Cram Competition, finishing in fourth position, taking one victory.[2] He also drove for Cram in Italian Formula Renault that year, where he became champion, taking four wins, beating Robert Kubica to the crown. He moved on to the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup in 2003, making his first association with the DAMS team, winning the title with five race wins.[2]

Formula 3000 and GP2[edit]

In 2004 López moved up to International Formula 3000 with the CMS team, finishing sixth overall.[2] He also continued in the V6 Eurocup that year, driving in four races.

López raced in the inaugural season of the GP2 Series in 2005, making him one of only a select few drivers in the series who had previous experience of a full season in Formula 3000, the series which GP2 replaced. He finished ninth in the standings racing for the DAMS team.[2] For 2006 he moved to the Super Nova Racing team, finishing tenth in the standings.[2]

Return to Argentina[edit]

López won the opening round of the 2010 TC 2000 season in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

In the early part of 2007, López raced in the American Le Mans Series, racing a Ferrari 430 GT for Corsa Motorsports/White Lightning in the 12 Hours of Sebring, and for Risi Competizione at St. Petersburg.

López also returned to Argentina in 2007 to race in TC 2000, the country's major production-based touring car championship. He was 5th that year, won the drivers' title in 2008, and successfully defended this crown in 2009. López also joined the Turismo Carretera in 2008 and the Top Race V6 in 2009; he became TRV6 champion in 2009. He narrowly lost out on winning the 2009 Turismo Carretera title after crashing out on an oilspill on the 18th lap of the final race of the season, thereby losing the unique opportunity to win three different championships in the same season.

He also competed in selected races of the FIA GT Championship in 2008 for the ACA Argentina team.[2]

Formula One[edit]

López was a member of the Renault Driver Development programme between 2004 and 2006, and was test driver for Renault F1 during the 2006 season.

In November 2009 López confirmed that he had a deal in place with the new US F1 Team to race in the 2010 Formula One season, provided he secured an eight million-dollar sponsorship package.[3] Sources close to López claimed he already had eighty percent of the funds needed to secure his place in the team.[4]

López was announced as a driver for US F1 on 25 January 2010.[5] Former F1 driver Carlos Reutemann, a close friend of US F1 principal Peter Windsor and a leading politician in Argentina, helped put the funding package together for López. Complications in USF1's progress and uncertainty over whether USF1 would be able to stay in F1 for 2010 caused rumours to surface that López was in talks with rival team Campos, in order to secure his place in F1. This was confirmed by his manager in late February.[6] On 2 March 2010, he was freed from his contract due to US F1 not being able to attempt to race. On 4 March, Karun Chandhok completed the 2010 grid by signing for Campos (now renamed as the Hispania Racing F1 Team), leaving López without a race drive.[7]

Recent years in Argentina[edit]

In 2010, López remained driving for Honda in the Argentine TC 2000 championship, finishing 6th. For 2011 he switched to Fiat. In 2012 he won the (super) TC2000 championship for a third time, with privateer team PSG16.

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

He made his World Touring Car Championship début with Wiechers-Sport at the 2013 FIA WTCC Race of Argentina, substituting for their regular driver Fredy Barth.[8] He took both Yokohama Independents' Trophy victories and scored an overall victory in race two.[9] In 2014, he moved to the Citroën team, and became World Touring Car Champion, clinching the title at Suzuka.

Racing record[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 DC Points
2004 CMS Performance IMO
Ret
CAT
6
MON
3
NÜR
5
MAG
Ret
SIL
4
HOC
6
HUN
8
SPA
3
MNZ
Ret
6th 28

Complete GP2 Series 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 23 DC Points
2005 DAMS SMR
FEA

2
SMR
SPR

11
ESP
FEA

6
ESP
SPR

1
MON
FEA

Ret
EUR
FEA

13
EUR
SPR

14
FRA
FEA

2
FRA
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

9
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

13
GER
SPR

10
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

6
TUR
SPR

7
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

10
BEL
SPR

8
BHR
FEA

4
BHR
SPR

4
9th 36
2006 Super Nova Racing VAL
FEA

5
VAL
SPR

Ret
SMR
FEA

Ret
SMR
SPR

Ret
EUR
FEA

4
EUR
SPR

3
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

Ret
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

14
FRA
FEA

3
FRA
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

7
GER
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

8
HUN
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

9
TUR
SPR

11
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

Ret
10th 30

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Young Driver AMR Aston Martin ABU
QR
ABU
CR
SIL
QR
SIL
CR
BRN
QR
BRN
CR
PRI
QR
PRI
CR
SPA
QR
SPA
CR
NÜR
QR
NÜR
CR
ALG
QR
ALG
CR
NAV
QR
NAV
CR
INT
QR
INT
CR
SAN
QR

Ret
SAN
CR

5
37th 10

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Pos Points
2013 Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC ITA
1
ITA
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
SVK
1
SVK
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
AUT
1
AUT
2
RUS
1
RUS
2
POR
1
POR
2
ARG
1

5
ARG
2

1
USA
1
USA
2
JPN
1
JPN
2
CHN
1
CHN
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
15th 35
2014 Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée WTCC MAR
1

1
MAR
2

2
FRA
1

4
FRA
2

1
HUN
1

2
HUN
2

6
SVK
1

2
SVK
2

C
AUT
1

3
AUT
2

1
RUS
1

1
RUS
2

Ret
BEL
1

2
BEL
2

1
ARG
1

1
ARG
2

1
BEI
1

3
BEI
2

4
CHN
1

1
CHN
2

3
JPN
1

1
JPN
2

6
MAC
1

1
MAC
2

5
1st 462

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abbott, Andrew (2013-12-16). "Citroën reveal third car for López". TouringCars.Net (TouringCars.Net). Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g http://www.driverdb.com/drivers/106/career/ Career statistics at Driver Database
  3. ^ Pablo Elizalde and Matt Beer (2009-11-21). "Lopez set for USF1 drive". Autosport.com. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  4. ^ "Lopez signs conditional USF1 deal". F1-Live.com. 2009-11-21. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  5. ^ Ampuero, Luis (2010-01-23). "Argentine Lopez set to drive for USF1 team". Reuters (Thomson Reuters). Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  6. ^ Beer, Matt; Elizalde, Pablo (2010-02-24). "Lopez manager admits Campos talks". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  7. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2010-03-04). "Chandhok announced as HRT driver". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  8. ^ Tremayne, Sam (26 July 2013). "Jose Maria Lopez to make WTCC debut in Argentina". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "RACE 2 – LÓPEZ MAKES HISTORY". World Touring Car Championship (Kigema Sport Organisation). 4 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ryan Briscoe
Italian Formula Renault champion
2002
Succeeded by
Franck Perera
Preceded by
none
Formula Renault V6 Eurocup
2003
Succeeded by
Giorgio Mondini
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Silva
Ezequiel Bosio
Winner of the 200 km de Buenos Aires
2008
(with Anthony Reid)
Succeeded by
Norberto Fontana
Ricardo Mauricio
Preceded by
Matías Rossi
TC 2000 champion
2008-2009
Succeeded by
Norberto Fontana
Preceded by
Matías Rossi
Súper TC 2000 champion
2012
Succeeded by
Matías Rossi
Preceded by
Emiliano Spataro
TRV6 champion
2009
Succeeded by
Guido Falaschi
(Copa América)
Preceded by
Yvan Muller
World Touring Car Champion
2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent