Rodin Younessi

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Rodin Younessi
Nationality United States American
Born (1969-08-01) August 1, 1969 (age 48)
Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Blancpain Endurance Series
& 24 Hours of Le Mans career
Current team Younessi Racing / Molitor Racing Systems / Boutsen Ginion
Previous series
2012
2011
2011
Firestone Indy Lights
U.S. F2000 National Championship
F2000 Championship Series

Rodin Younessi (born August 1, 1969 in Palm Beach, Florida[1]) is an American racing driver from Palm Beach, Florida.

Racing career[edit]

Younessi began racing motorcycles at a young age and also competed in sports car racing. In 2011 he competed in the U.S. F2000 National Championship for Pabst Racing Services and JDC Motorsports in the series' National Class. He made seven starts finishing the season Fourth (4th) in championship standing in the National Class with a best finish of 12th overall in race 2 at Road America. In 2011 he also competed in the pair of F2000 Championship Series races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In 2012 Younessi formed his own team to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights series and announced that he would compete in the full season.[2] However, Younessi ultimately only made two race starts, at the season opener in St. Petersburg and in June in Detroit. He finished 21st in points. He also competed in Baltimore driving a Le Mans Prototype Challenge Car in the American Le Mans Series.

In 2013 Younessi is competing in the Blancpain Endurance Series in a McLaren MP4-12C.[3] In the first race of the season in Monza, Younessi set the fastest lap time in the second qualifying in a field of sixty cars. In May 2013 it was announced that Younessi would compete in the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans. His team's Nissan powered Oreca 03 finished in 32nd place, 11th in the LMP2 class.

Personal[edit]

Younessi began his professional career in the software industry after receiving degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He continued his education by attending law school. After receiving his Juris Doctorate he was admitted as a member of the Florida and Federal Bar. Subsequently, he switched professions by owning and operating motorsports dealerships, including some of the highest volume Harley-Davidson dealerships in America, Seminole Harley-Davidson, Falcons Fury Harley-Davidson, Raging Bull Harley-Davidson, Treasure Coast Harley-Davidson, and Space Coast Harley-Davidson. He also owns a Lamborghini dealership in Palm Beach.[4]

Younessi has one child a son named Dariyan Rodin Younessi who started his racing career at the age of four with Karting.

Racing record[edit]

Complete U.S. F2000 National Championship results[edit]

(key)

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 Younessi Racing STP
16
ALA LBH INDY DET
12
MIL IOW TOR EDM TRO BAL FON 21st 32

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2012 Performance Tech Motorsports PC Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8 M SEB LNB MON LIM MOS MID AME BAL
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
VIR PET NC* 0*

Blancpain Endurance Series[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2013 Belgium Boutsen Ginion Racing France Thomas Dagoneau
United States Matt Downs
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 300 32nd 11th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Distance interview: #40 Oreca drivers' line-up". Automobile Club de l'Ouest. May 30, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  2. ^ Younessi Racing Set to Enter Series, eFormulaCarNews, February 29, 2012, Retrieved 2012-03-20
  3. ^ Younessi Racing enters American Driver Rodin Younessi in the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series, PR Newswire via Sacramento Bee, April 1, 2013, Retrieved 2013-04-02
  4. ^ Rodin Younessi Buys Lamborghini Palm Beach, Town-Crier Online, Retrieved 2012-03-20

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