Nicolas Minassian

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Nicolas Minassian
Nicolas Minassian 2012 WEC Fuji.jpg
Minassian at the 2012 6 Hours of Fuji
Nationality France French
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1994, 2000, 2002–
Teams Roland Bassaler, Team Oreca, Pescarolo Sport, Creation Autosportif, Peugeot
Best finish 2nd (2008)
Class wins 0

Nicolas Minassian (born 28 February 1973 in Marseille) is a French race driver of Armenian descent.

After finishing 2nd place in the 1993 Formula Renault Eurocup, he graduated to the French Formula Three Championship where he finished runner-up to countryman Laurent Redon at his second attempt in 1995. He then moved to the British series for another two years in a successful partnership with Promatecme and Renault UK that yielded a 4th place in 1996 and 2nd place the following year.

He graduated to Formula 3000 with West Competition for 1998, but failed to impress whilst his teammate Nick Heidfeld mounted a strong challenge for overall honours. The following year, he moved to Kid Jensen Racing where he enjoyed more success, including an emphatic lights-to-flag triumph at Silverstone. He signed for the illustrious Super Nova Racing team in 2000 where he came a strong 2nd in the championship.

Unable to secure a Formula One drive, Minassian drove in 2001 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing with F3000 title adversary Bruno Junqueira in CART and competed in the Indianapolis 500 before being released by the team. In 2002 Minassian won the ASCAR oval racing series for RML (Ray Mallock Ltd) before returning to endurance racing including the 24 Hours of Le Mans for such teams as Creation Autosportif and Pescarolo Sport.

In 2007 he became a factory driver for the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP diesel Le Mans prototype in the European Le Mans Series.

In 2008 he drove the Peugeot 908 diesel Le Mans prototype in the European Le Mans Series. He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Peugeot 908.

Racing record[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1994 France Roland Bassaler France Patrick Bourdais
France Olivier Couvreur
Alpa LM-Ford Cosworth LMP1
C90
64 DNF DNF
2000 France Mopar Team Oreca France Yannick Dalmas
France Jean-Philippe Belloc
Reynard 2KQ-LM-Mopar LMP900 1 DNF DNF
2002 France PlayStation Team Oreca France Stéphane Sarrazin
France Franck Montagny
Dallara SP1-Judd LMP900 359 6th 5th
2003 France Pescarolo Sport France Eric Hélary
France Soheil Ayari
Courage C60-Peugeot LMP900 352 9th 7th
2004 France Pescarolo Sport France Sébastien Bourdais
France Emmanuel Collard
Pescarolo C60-Judd LMP1 282 DNF DNF
2005 United Kingdom Creation Autosportif Ltd. United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
DBA 03S-Judd LMP1 322 14th 7th
2006 France Pescarolo Sport France Emmanuel Collard
France Érik Comas
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid-Judd LMP1 352 5th 4th
2007 France Team Peugeot Total Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Spain Marc Gené
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 338 DNF DNF
2008 France Team Peugeot Total Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Spain Marc Gené
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 381 2nd 2nd
2009 France Team Peugeot Total Portugal Pedro Lamy
Austria Christian Klien
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 369 6th 6th
2010 France Team Peugeot Total France Stéphane Sarrazin
France Franck Montagny
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 264 DNF DNF
2011 France Peugeot Sport Total France Stéphane Sarrazin
France Franck Montagny
Peugeot 908 LMP1 353 3rd 3rd
2012 France Pescarolo Team France Sébastien Bourdais
Japan Seiji Ara
Dome S102.5-Judd LMP1 203 NC NC
2013 Argentina Pecom Racing Argentina Luís Pérez Companc
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 325 10th 4th
2014 Russia SMP Racing Russia Kirill Ladygin
Italy Maurizio Mediani
Oreca 03R-Nissan LMP2 9 DNF DNF

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
1998 West Competition OSC
Ret
IML
19
CAT
Ret
SIL
7
MON
9
PAU
7
A1
5
HOC
Ret
HUN
4
SPA
19
PER
19
NUR
13th 5
1999 Kid Jensen Racing IMO
13
MON
Ret
CAT
8
MAG
14
SIL
1
A1R
3
HOC
Ret
HUN
5
SPA
3
NUR
Ret
6th 20
2000 D2 Playlife Super Nova IMO
1
SIL
11
CAT
2
NUR
Ret
MON
5
MAG
1
A1R
1
HOC
7
HUN
4
SPA
3
2nd 45
2003 Brand Motorsport IMO
11
CAT
A1R
MON
NUR
MAG
SIL
HOC
HUN
MNZ
NC 0

American Open-Wheel[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2001 Chip Ganassi Racing Mexico
MTY
11
United States
LBH
8
United States
TXS
NH
United States
NZR
18
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
CHI
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
Germany
LAU
United Kingdom
ROC
United States
HOU
United States
LS
Australia
SRF
United States
FON
27th 7

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2001 G-Force Oldsmobile 22 29 Ganassi

Complete V8 Supercar 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 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2003 Team Dynamik Holden VY Commodore ADL
PHI
ECK
WIN
PTH
HDV
QLD
ORP
SAN
28
BAT
11
SUR
PUK
ECK
44th 152
2012 Brad Jones Racing Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

PHI
R10

PHI
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

SMP
R18

SMP
R19

SAN
Q

SAN
R20

BAT
R21

SUR
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

10
YMC
R24

YMC
R25

YMC
R26

WIN
R27

WIN
R28

SYD
R29

SYD
R30

NC 0 +

+ Not Eligible for points

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2004 Creation Autosportif LMP1 DBA 03S Zytek ZG348 3.4L V8 D SEB MID LIM SON POR MOS AME PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
NC 0
2006 Creation Autosportif LMP1 Creation CA06/H Judd GV5 S2 5.0L V10 M SEB TEX MID LIM UTA POR AME MOS PET
ovr:4
cls:4
MON
ovr:3
cls:3
19th 16
2008 Peugeot Sport Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDi 5.5 L V12
(Diesel)
M SEB
ovr:11
cls:4
STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME MOS DET PET
ovr:2
cls:2
MON 9th 46
2009 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M SEB
ovr:5
cls:4
STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME MOS PET
ovr:2
cls:2
MON 15th 46
2010 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M SEB
ovr:2
cls:2
LNB MON UTA LIM MID AME MOS PET NC 0

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
John Mickel
ASCAR Champion
2002
Succeeded by
Ben Collins