Chris Festa

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Chris Festa
Nationality American
Born (1985-09-05) September 5, 1985 (age 31)
Atlanta, Georgia
Retired 2008
Firestone Indy Lights Series
Years active 2005-2008
Teams Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Cheever Racing
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Rahal Letterman Racing
Car no. 25,19,51,9,24
Starts 40
Wins 0
Poles 2
Fastest laps 33 races
Best finish 2nd in 2005, 2007
Previous series
2004
2003
Toyota Atlantic
USF2000
Championship titles
2002

2

Started his career in gokarts at the famed Lamar county speedway in barnesville ga., where he learned his racing ability.

Chris Festa, born in Atlanta on September 5, 1985, is an American auto racing driver.

Festa leading Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Marty Roth during a race on the Streets of St. Petersburg in 2005
Festa (inside) racing alongside Micky Gilbert in the 2008 Firestone Freedom 100

Festa raced the #9 Dallara for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Indy Pro Series in 2007. He also served as Target Chip Ganassi Racing's development driver where he did all the test and development driving for the team's IndyCar program during the 2007 and 2008 Seasons. His work contributed heavily to the win in the 2008 Indy 500 and 2008 IndyCar Series Championship for Scott Dixon. As of the end of the 2007 season he has made 39 IPS starts with a best finish of 2nd (3 times) and won the pole for the first race of the 2007 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Festa finished 6th, 8th, and 10th in series points in his first three seasons in the Pro Series, respectively.

He previously competed in the Toyota Atlantic series in 2004 for Rahal Letterman Racing where he was teammates with Danica Patrick. and finished 8th in series points at the age of 18. Chris Festa was a surprise addition to the #7 SAMAX Motorsport Daytona Prototype team for the 2007 24 Hours of Daytona, but drove well and the team finished a respectable 6th place. He returned to the series, now known as the Firestone Indy Lights Series driving for the new Alliance Motorsports team. Festa left the team after 7 races with a best finish of 5th in the season opener at Homestead-Miami after the team's funding ran out. He finished 22nd in points.

Over the course of Festa's career, he won over 60 races and was known for his aggressive style.

Festa is a brother of Kappa Sigma at Florida State University.

Festa is now retired from professional racing and is currently living in Atlanta, Georgia.

Complete motorsports results[edit]

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

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

USF2000 National Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Points
2003 PR1 Motorsports United States
SEB1
15
United States
SEB2
11
United States
LRP1
9
United States
LRP1
16
United States
MDO1
10
United States
MDO2
10
United States
ROA1
9
United States
ROA2
25
United States
MDO3
9
United States
MDO4
5
United States
ATL1
10
United States
ATL2
24
11th 107

Atlantic Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2004 Team Rahal/Letterman United States
LBH
11
Mexico
MTY
7
United States
MIL
7
United States
POR1
10
United States
POR2
6
United States
CLE
14
Canada
TOR
8
Canada
VAN
13
United States
ROA
8
United States
DEN
7
Canada
MTL
7
United States
LS
7
8th 172

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2005 Sam Schmidt Motorsports United States
HMS
10
United States
PHX
2
United States
STP
8
United States
INDY
8
United States
TXS
3
United States
IMS
3
United States
NSH
7
United States
MIL
10
United States
KTY
9
United States
PPIR
6
United States
SNM
5
United States
CHI
11
United States
WGL
4
United States
FON
4
6th 387
2006 Cheever Racing United States
HMS
16
United States
STP1
6
United States
STP2
8
United States
INDY
4
United States
WGL
14
United States
IMS
15
United States
NSH
9
United States
MIL
United States
KTY
8
United States
SNM1
United States
SNM2
United States
CHI
5
8th 205
2007 Chip Ganassi Racing United States
HMS
2
United States
STP1
8
United States
STP2
12
United States
INDY
2
United States
MIL
21
United States
IMS1
11
United States
IMS2
14
United States
IOW
16
United States
WGL1
21
United States
WGL2
17
United States
NSH
9
United States
MDO
13
United States
KTY
4
United States
SNM1
13
United States
SNM2
19
United States
CHI
19
10th 313
2008 Alliance Motorsports United States
HMS
5
United States
STP1
11
United States
STP2
15
United States
KAN
16
United States
INDY
18
United States
MIL
13
United States
IOW
18
United States
WGL1
United States
WGL2
United States
NSH
United States
MDO1
United States
MDO2
United States
KTY
United States
SNM1
United States
SNM2
United States
CHI
22nd 119

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