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

Chris Festa
NationalityAmerican
Born (1985-09-05) September 5, 1985 (ageĀ 33)
Atlanta, Georgia
Retired2008
Firestone Indy Lights Series
Years active2005-2008
TeamsSam Schmidt Motorsports
Cheever Racing
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Rahal Letterman Racing
Car no.25,19,51,9,24
Starts40
Wins0
Poles2
Fastest laps33 races
Best finish2nd in 2005, 2007
Previous series
2004
2003
Toyota Atlantic
USF2000
Championship titles
20022 Started his career in gokarts at the famed Lamar county speedway in barnesville ga., where he learned his racing ability.
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.

Contents

Complete motorsports resultsEdit

American Open-Wheel racing resultsEdit

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

USF2000 National Championship resultsEdit

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

Atlantic ChampionshipEdit

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

Indy LightsEdit

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

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