Carlos Muñoz (racing driver)

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Carlos Muñoz
Carlos Muñoz 2011.jpg
Muñoz at Silverstone Circuit in 2011
Nationality Colombia Colombian
Born Carlos Andrés Muñoz
(1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 25)
Bogotá, Colombia
IndyCar Series career
58 races run over 5 years
Team(s) No. 14 (A. J. Foyt Enterprises)
2016 position 10th
Best finish 8th (2014)
First race 2013 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
Last race 2017 Rainguard Water Sealers 600 (Texas)
First win 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (Detroit)
Last win 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (Detroit)
Wins Podiums Poles
1 7 1
Previous series
20122013
20102011
2009
2009
20082009
2008
2007
Indy Lights
Formula 3 Euro Series
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
European F3 Open
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 Italy
Formula TR 1600 Pro Series
Awards
2013 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year

Carlos Andrés Muñoz (born 2 January 1992) is a professional racing driver from Colombia. He currently drives for A. J. Foyt Enterprises in the IndyCar Series. He has twice finished second in the Indianapolis 500, during his rookie year in 2013 and in 2016.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Born in Bogotá, Muñoz began his motorsport career in karting back in 2002.

Formula TR Pro Series FR 1600[edit]

In 2007 just fifteen years old, Muñoz made his debut in single-seaters, racing in the Formula TR Pro Series. He took one podium place in four races to end the season in eighth place.

Formula Renault[edit]

In 2008, Muñoz took part in both the Italian Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championships, racing for Prema Powerteam. In the Italian series, he finished sixteenth, taking six-point-scoring positions in twelve races.[1] In the Eurocup, he failed to score a championship point with a best result of thirteenth at both the Nürburgring and Estoril.

The following season, Muñoz competed in both the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup championships for Epsilon Euskadi. He finished eighth in the Eurocup standings, taking ten points-scoring positions in fourteen races, including a podium in the second race at the Nürburgring.[2] In the West European Cup, he took seventh place in the championship, scoring two podium places.[3]

Formula Three[edit]

Along with his Formula Renault campaigns, Muñoz competed in three rounds of the European F3 Open Championship, driving for Porteiro Motorsport. He finished eleventh in the championship, with a best result of second at Spa-Francorchamps.[4] 2010 saw Muñoz move to the Formula 3 Euro Series, competing for Mücke Motorsport, joining Roberto Merhi at the team.[5] Muñoz finished ninth in the championship with a runner-up finish at Brands Hatch as his best finish. He also competed in two rounds (six races) of the British Formula 3 Championship as a guest driver in the Invitational Class.

Muñoz at Zandvoort in 2011

In 2011 Muñoz returned to F3 Euro Series, this time driving for Signature. He finished eighth in the championship with a best finish of third at Silverstone Circuit.

Indy Lights[edit]

In 2012, Muñoz moved to the United States to compete in the Indy Lights series for Andretti Autosport.[6] He captured two victories, including one on the oval at Auto Club Speedway and a win from the pole in Edmonton, in addition to three other podium finishes on his way to fifth in the championship. Muñoz returned to the series for the 2013 season with Andretti Autosport and announced a deal to compete in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 with the team.

IndyCar Series[edit]

Muñoz qualified on the front row for the 2013 Indy 500 in second position and ran with the leaders all race long. He led twelve laps and finished in second place, winning rookie of the year honors.[7]

At the 2013 Honda Indy Toronto, Muñoz replaced Panther Racing's Ryan Briscoe for Race 2 of the doubleheader after Briscoe broke his right wrist in an incident during Saturday's Race 1. After just 12 laps in the morning warmup to get acclimated with the car, Muñoz started 24th in the race and finished 17th.

Muñoz got his first IndyCar win in the rain-shortened Race 1 of the Detroit Belle Isle Dual Grand Prix on 30 May 2015.[8]

After a distant second-place finish to teammate Alexander Rossi in the 2016 Indianapolis 500, Muñoz left Andretti Autosport after the 2016 IndyCar season ended. Muñoz joined A. J. Foyt Enterprises for the 2017 IndyCar season.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2007 Formula TR Pro Series FR 1600 JP Motorsports 4 0 0  ? 1 72 8th
2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Prema Powerteam 14 0 0 0 0 0 34th
Formula Renault 2.0 Italy 12 0 0 0 0 66 16th
2009 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Epsilon Euskadi 14 0 0 0 1 36 8th
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC 14 0 0 0 2 58 7th
European F3 Open Porteiro Motorsport 6 0 0 0 2 33 12th
2010 Formula 3 Euro Series Mücke Motorsport 18 0 0 0 1 18 9th
2011 Formula 3 Euro Series Signature 27 0 0 1 2 105 8th
2012 Indy Lights Andretti Autosport 12 2 1 0 5 377 5th
2013 Indy Lights Andretti Autosport 12 4 5 5 5 441 3rd
IndyCar Series 2 0 0 0 1 74 28th
Panther Racing 1 0 0 0 0
2014 IndyCar Series Andretti Autosport 18 0 0 0 3 483 8th
2015 IndyCar Series 16 1 0 0 1 349 13th
2016 IndyCar Series 16 0 1 0 2 432 10th
2017 IndyCar Series A. J. Foyt Enterprises 1 0 0 0 0 9 21st*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 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 DC Points
2010 Mücke Motorsport Dallara F308/042 Mercedes LEC
1

Ret
LEC
2

12
HOC
1

14
HOC
2

Ret
VAL
1

10
VAL
2

Ret
NOR
1

6
NOR
2

9
NÜR
1

14
NÜR
2

9
ZAN
1

6
ZAN
2

4
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

2
OSC
1

8
OSC
2

10
HOC
1

11
HOC
2

6
9th 18
2011 Signature Dallara F308 Volkswagen LEC
1

6
LEC
2

5
LEC
3

7
HOC
1

8
HOC
2

2
HOC
3

9
ZAN
1

6
ZAN
2

12
ZAN
3

8
RBR
1

10
RBR
2

9
RBR
3

5
NOR
1

9
NOR
2

Ret
NOR
3

13
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

8
NÜR
3

8
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

11
SIL
3

3
VAL
1

5
VAL
2

7
VAL
3

10
HOC
1

8
HOC
2

14
HOC
3

Ret
8th 105

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2012 Andretti Autosport STP
14
ALA
14
LBH
5
INDY
2
DET
2
MIL
5
IOW
7
TOR
10
EDM
1
TRO
3
BAL
11
FON
1
5th 377
2013 STP
7
ALA
1
LBH
1
INDY
4
MIL
2
IOW
8
POC
1
TOR
4
MDO
4
BAL
9
HOU
12
FON
1
3rd 441

IndyCar Series[edit]

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2013 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP ALA LBH SAO INDY
2
DET DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR FON
23
28th 74
Panther Racing TOR
17
MDO SNM BAL HOU HOU
2014 Andretti Autosport Honda STP
17
LBH
3
ALA
23
IMS
24
INDY
4
DET
7
DET
8
TXS
13
HOU
3
HOU
22
POC
3
IOW
12
TOR
17
TOR
17
MDO
4
MIL
22
SNM
19
FON
8
8th 483
2015 STP
14
NLA
12
LBH
9
ALA
6
IMS
13
INDY
20
DET
1
DET
23
TXS
6
TOR
22
FON
11
MIL
15
IOW
5
MDO
9
POC
5
SNM
22
13th 349
2016 STP
8
PHX
22
LBH
12
ALA
14
IMS
12
INDY
2
DET
6
DET
15
RDA
10
IOW
12
TOR
17
MDO
3
POC
7
TXS
7
WGL
11
SNM
15
10th 432
2017 A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet STP
21
LBH
7
ALA
17
PHX
10
IMS
15
INDY
10
DET
14
DET
11
TEX
18
ROA
11
IOW
20
TOR
15
MDO
POC
GMP
WGL
SNM
16th* 224*

* Season still in progress.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2013 Dallara Chevrolet 2 2 Andretti Autosport
2014 Dallara Honda 7 4 Andretti Autosport
2015 Dallara Honda 11 20 Andretti Autosport
2016 Dallara Honda 5 2 Andretti Autosport
2017 Dallara Honda 24 10 A.J. Foyt Enterprises

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Italy 2008". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2009". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 WEC 2009". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Legris, Mendez win Open F3 at Spa". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Mejia, Diego (22 December 2009). "Munoz to race Euro for Mucke". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Stringfield, Ryan (20 March 2012). "Muñoz to Andretti and Castaneda to BHA". Junior Open Wheel Talent. Junior Open Wheel Talent LLC. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Newberry, Paul (26 May 2013). "Carlos Munoz: Indy runner-up headed back to minors". The Seattle Times. Frank A. Blethen, The Seattle Times Company. Associated Press. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Brudenell, Mike (30 May 2015). "Carlos Munoz notches first career IndyCar win". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Rubens Barrichello
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

2013
Succeeded by
Kurt Busch
Preceded by
Tristan Vautier
IndyCar Series
Rookie of the Year

2014
Succeeded by
Gabby Chaves