Josele Garza

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Josele Garza
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1962-03-15) March 15, 1962 (age 53)
Mexico City
IndyCar Series
Years active 1981 – 1987
Teams Garza Racing (22 starts)
Machinists Union Racing (66 starts)
Starts 88
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 2nd Firestone Indy 400 in 1986
Awards
1981

Josele Garza[1] (born March 15, 1962 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican professional race car driver. He started seven Indianapolis 500 races. Garza was the 1981 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year after rolling off sixth and finishing 23rd at the age of 19. At 19 years, two months, and nine days, Garza is the second youngest driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and wasn't surpassed until 2003 by A.J. Foyt IV. USAC rules at the time required drivers to be 21 years of age, but Garza's racing license listed him as being 22 years old. Garza claims he does not know how the error occurred but he did not notify officials of the error. He finished 10th in the 1984 Indianapolis 500. He led 13 Indy 500 laps.

Garza was winless in 88 CART races.

In 1986, he tested Brabham Formula One car, during free practice the 1986 Mexican Grand Prix. After he finished his carerr in CART, he tested with Minardi in F1 during 1987-88 but never got the required sponsorship to be awarded a race seat and he never made his debut in F1. He came back to Mexico and later he became a team owner in Mexican F2 and F3000 and sometimes raced when his drivers were not up to standard, or absent for some reason.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

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

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1986 Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT55 BMW Straight-4 (t/c) BRA
ESP
SMR
MON
BEL
CAN
DET
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
AUT
ITA
POR
MEX
PO
AUS

CART[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1981 Garza Racing PHX
Ret
MIL
14
ATL
12
ATL
Ret
MCH
Ret
RIV
Ret
MIL
8
MCH
Ret
WGL
Ret
MEX
18
PHX
6
21st 30
1982 Garza Racing PHX
13
ATL
16
MIL
8
CLE
14
MCH
22
MIL
8
POC
15
RIV
13
ROA
4
MCH
9
PHX
18
13th 56
1983 Machinists Union Racing ATL
INDY
MIL
CLE
17
MCH
19
ROA
11
POC
9
RIV
20
MDO
23
MCH
17
CPL
11
LAG
12
PHX
22nd 9
1984 Machinists Union Racing LBH
23
PHX
DNS
INDY
10
MIL
DNS
POR
7
MEA
23
CLE
17
MCH
11
ROA
7
POC
25
MDO
11
SAN
4
MCH
10
PHX
8
LAG
13
LVS
10
13th 42
1985 Machinists Union Racing LBH
28
INDY
31
MIL
7
POR
12
MEA
27
CLE
6
MCH
19
ROA
18
POC
26
MDO
11
SAN
6
MCH
6
LAG
7
PHX
10
MIA
9
12th 46
1986 Machinists Union Racing PHX
23
LBH
7
INDY
18
MIL
7
POR
17
MEA
8
CLE
7
TOR
23
MCH
2
POC
7
MDO
14
SAN MCH
ROA LAG PHX
MIA
24
14th 45
1987 Machinists Union Racing LBH
5
PHX
6
INDY
17
MIL
22
POR
6
MEA
24
CLE
16
TOR
17
MCH
12
POC
11
ROA
11
MDO
8
NAZ
8
LAG
8
MIA
18
11th 46

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1981 Penske Cosworth 6th 23rd
1982 March Cosworth 33rd 29th
1983 Penske Cosworth 18th 25th
1984 March Cosworth 24th 10th
1985 March Cosworth 18th 31st
1986 March Cosworth 17th 18th
1987 March Cosworth 25th 17th
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tim Richmond
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1981
Succeeded by
Jim Hickman

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