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Antonio García Navarro (born June 5, 1980) is a Spanish professional racing driver. He has three class wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning GT1 with Aston Martin Racing in 2008 and with Corvette Racing in 2009 (GT1) and 2011 (GTE-Pro).

Antonio García
Antonio García 2009.jpg
García in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans drivers parade
NationalitySpain Spanish
Born (1980-06-05) 5 June 1980 (age 38)
Madrid, Spain
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years20062018
TeamsRussian Age Racing, Team Modena, Aston Martin Racing, Corvette Racing
Best finish9th (2006)
Class wins3 (2008, 2009, 2011)

Contents

Single-seater careerEdit

After a childhood in karting, Madrid-born García began racing cars in Formula Renault Campus in 1997. In 1998 he moved to the new Open Fortuna by Nissan series. The series changed its name to World Series by Nissan in 1999 and in 2000, García was the series champion with Campos Motorsport. This success saw García have a part-time opportunity to race in International Formula 3000 in 2001 and make his sports car debut in the FIA GT Championship. In 2002 he returned full-time to World Series by Nissan, was a test driver for Minardi, and finished 12th in FIA GT. In 2003 he moved full-time to the European Touring Car Championship driving a Ravaglia Motorsport BMW to 8th place in points. He improved to 7th place with the same team in 2004. The series became the World Touring Car Championship in 2005 and he finished 9th in points.

In December 2014 it was announced that García would drive for China Racing in the 2014 Punta del Este ePrix in Uruguay, the third round of the 2014–15 Formula E season. He replaced Ho-Pin Tung who participated in the Abu Dhabi Gulf 12-hour race.[1]

Sportscar careerEdit

 
García driving for Corvette Racing in the 2012 Petit Le Mans.

García made his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut in 2006 but did not participate in any racing full-time. He returned to full-time action in 2007 competing in the Le Mans Series in the Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9, finishing 6th in points. García signed on with the Cheever Racing team in the Rolex Sports Car Series in 2008, but the team struggled with their new Coyote/Fabcar and García only finished 21st in points. He also participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the factory Aston Martin Racing DBR9 which won the GT1 class. He drove for Brumos Racing in the 2009 24 Hours of Daytona, winning with teammates David Donohue, Darren Law, and Buddy Rice. He signed on with Corvette Racing to compete in the full season of the American Le Mans Series starting in 2009.[2]

Beginning in 2012, García competed in some Rolex Sports Car Series events with Spirit of Daytona Racing.

García is a good friend of Formula One champion Fernando Alonso from their days together in karting. Alonso attended the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans as a guest of García.

Racing recordEdit

Complete International Formula 3000 resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2001 Red Bull Junior Team F3000 INT
Ret
IMO
16
CAT
10
A1R
Ret
MON NÜR MAG SIL HOC 26th 0
Durango Formula HUN
10
SPA
16
MNZ
11

Complete European Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2003 BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i VAL
1

3
VAL
2

7
MAG
1

14
MAG
2

8
PER
1

9
PER
2

7
BRN
1

2
BRN
2

7
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

DNS
SPA
1

17†
SPA
2

12
AND
1

2
AND
2

5
OSC
1

4
OSC
2

2
EST
1

19†
EST
2

DNS
MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

DNS
8th 46
2004 BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320i MNZ
1

12
MNZ
2

6
VAL
1

7
VAL
2

15
MAG
1

4
MAG
2

Ret
HOC
1

6
HOC
2

2
BRN
1

3
BRN
2

6
DON
1

10
DON
2

5
SPA
1

6
SPA
2

3
IMO
1

9
IMO
2

Ret
OSC
1

9
OSC
2

Ret
DUB
1

9
DUB
2

DNS
7th 43

Complete World Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2005 BMW Team-Italy Spain BMW 320i ITA
1

5
ITA
2

3
FRA
1

5
FRA
2

4
GBR
1

15
GBR
2

Ret
SMR
1

2
SMR
2

9
MEX
1

5
MEX
2

2
BEL
1

6
BEL
2

8
GER
1

14
GER
2

9
TUR
1

4
TUR
2

Ret
ESP
1

14
ESP
2

6
MAC
1

9
MAC
2

DNS
9th 51

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2006   Russian Age Racing
  Team Modena
  David Brabham
  Nelson Piquet Jr.
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 343 9th 4th
2007   Team Modena   Jos Menten
  Christian Fittipaldi
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 318 17th 10th
2008   Aston Martin Racing   David Brabham
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 344 13th 1st
2009   Corvette Racing   Johnny O'Connell
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 342 15th 1st
2010   Corvette Racing   Johnny O'Connell
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2 225 DNF DNF
2011   Corvette Racing   Olivier Beretta
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Pro
314 11th 1st
2012   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Pro
326 23rd 5th
2013   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Pro
312 19th 4th
2014   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
338 14th 2nd
2015   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Ryan Briscoe
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
- DNS DNS
2016   Corvette Racing – GM   Jan Magnussen
  Ricky Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
336 25th 7th
2017   Corvette Racing - GM   Jan Magnussen
  Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
340 19th 3rd
2018   Corvette Racing – GM   Jan Magnussen
  Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
342 18th 4th

24 Hours of Daytona resultsEdit

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008   Cheever Racing   Matteo Bobbi
  Stéphane Ortelli
  Fabio Babini
Coyote CC/08-Pontiac DP 170 DNF DNF
2009   Brumos Racing   Darren Law
  David Donohue
  Buddy Rice
Riley Mk. XI-Porsche DP 735 1st 1st
2010   Spirit of Daytona Racing   Darren Manning
  Paul Menard
  Buddy Rice
Coyote CC/09-Porsche DP 346 DNF DNF
2011   Spirit of Daytona Racing   Paul Edwards
  Sascha Maassen
Coyote CC/09-Chevrolet DP 649 DNF DNF
2012   Spirit of Daytona Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Jan Magnussen
  Richard Westbrook
Coyote Corvette DP DP 746 8th 8th
2013   Spirit of Daytona Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Ricky Taylor
  Richard Westbrook
Coyote Corvette DP DP 697 5th 5th
2014   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Ryan Briscoe
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTLM 329 DNF DNF
2015   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Ryan Briscoe
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTLM 725 4th 1st
2016   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTLM 722 8th 2nd
2017   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTLM 652 8th 4th
2018   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTLM 781 13th 3rd
2019   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTLM 563 16th 6th

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resultsEdit

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

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Points
2014 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet 5.5L V8 DAY
10
SEB
8
LBH
1
LGA
1
WGL
1
MOS
1
IMS
4
ROA
6
VIR
7
COA
9
PET
8
3rd 317
2015 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet 5.5L V8 DAY
1
SEB
1
LBH
3
LGA
7
WGL
4
MOS
3
ROA
4
VIR
6
COA
6
PET
6
3rd 295
2016 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet 5.5 L V8 DAY
2
SEB
9
LBH
9
LGA
4
WGL
7
MOS
3
LRP
2
ROA
6
VIR
1
COA
3
PET
4
3rd 319
2017 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet 5.5 L V8 DAY
4
SEB
1
LBH
5
COA
1
WGL
3
MOS
4
LRP
4
ROA
4
VIR
1
LGA
4
PET
2
1st 334
2018 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet LT5.5 5.5 L V8 DAY
3
SEB
8
LBH
4
MDO
3
WGL
2
MOS
2
LRP
2
ROA
3
VIR
2
LGA
3
PET
8
1st 322
2019 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet LT5.5 5.5 L V8 DAY
6
SEB
3
LBH
2
MDO
WGL
MOS
LIM
ELK
VIR
LGA
PET
3rd* 87*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula E resultsEdit

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2014–15 China Racing Spark-Renault SRT 01E BEI PUT PDE
11
BNA MIA LBH MCO BER MSC
19
LON LON 28th 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Garcia joins China Racing in Uruguay". Formula E Operations. FIA Formula E Championship. 1 December 2014. Archived from the original on 14 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  2. ^ Corvette Racing 2009 lineup announced, GM Racing PR via Motorsport.com, February 4, 2009

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fernando Alonso
Open Telefónica by Nissan
Champion

2000
Succeeded by
Franck Montagny