Raphael Matos

Raphael Matos (born August 28, 1981) is a Brazilian professional racing driver. He was the 2008 Firestone Indy Lights Series champion and the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Series champion. He lives in Miami.

Raphael Matos
Raphael Matos Indy 2011.JPG
Raphael Matos at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the first day of qualifying for the 2011 500
NationalityBrazilian
Born (1981-08-28) August 28, 1981 (age 39)
Belo Horizonte
IndyCar Series career
Debut season2009
Current teamAFS Racing
Car number17
Former teamsde Ferran Dragon Racing
Starts34
Wins0
Poles0
Best finish13th in 2009
Previous series
2008
2006-2007

2004-2005
2002-2003
Firestone Indy Lights
Champ Car Atlantic Series
A1 Grand Prix
Star Mazda Series
Skip Barber Formula Dodge Series
Championship titles
2008
2007
2005
2003
Firestone Indy Lights Series
Champ Car Atlantic Series
Star Mazda Series
Skip Barber Formula Dodge
Awards
2009IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year

Career highlightsEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Belo Horizonte, Matos came to the United States in 2002 after karting in Brazil and began competing in Skip Barber Formula Dodge, winning the championship in 2003.. In 2004, he moved up to the Star Mazda Series and in 2005 he won the Star Mazda championship. In 2006 he moved up the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Series where he drove for the Sierra Sierra team and captured one victory on his way to 4th place in the points standings.

 
Matos celebrating an Atlantics victory in Houston in 2007

He also competed in 4 Indy Pro Series races for Guthrie Racing and swept the two races held in March at St. Petersburg, Florida. During the fall he was named a driver for A1 Team Brazil in the A1 Grand Prix series and made his debut at the series' race in Beijing in the 2006–2007 season. He raced a Lola B07/40-Mazda in the 2007 12 Hours of Sebring and the 2007 Petit Le Mans.[1]

 
Matos driving in the 2008 Firestone Freedom 100

Atlantics championship and Indy LightsEdit

Matos continued with the Sierra Sierra team in Atlantics in 2007 and clinched the championship with several races remaining in the season, securing for himself the 2 Million US Dollar "scholarship" for a ride in Champ Car for the 2008 season.

However, Matos decided to pass on the scholarship and sign with Andretti Green Racing to drive in the Indy Racing League's Firestone Indy Lights Series in 2008, where he won the series championship.[2]

Prior to the 2008 Indy Lights season, he drove a Mazda RX-8 for the SpeedSource team in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, taking first in the GT class and a 9th place overall finish, sharing the car with Nick Ham, David Haskell and Sylvain Tremblay. After the season, he drove for Michael Shank Racing on the winning team in the DP class (with Ian James and John Pew) at the SunRichGourmet.com 1000 at Miller Motorsports Park.

IndyCar SeriesEdit

 
Matos driving in the 2009 Indianapolis 500

Matos competed in the full 2009 IndyCar Series season for Luczo-Dragon Racing.[3] He qualified third in his second race, the Long Beach Grand Prix and finished eight. He was the fastest rookie qualifier in his first Indy 500 and ran in the lead pack, but had a crash with Vítor Meira in which Meira was injured. Matos finished 22nd. Matos captured seasonal Rookie of the Year honors by a wide margin over former F1 driver Robert Doornbos. Matos' best finish was 6th at the Milwaukee Mile. He was running at the finish of each of the last ten races of the season, consistency that led to 13th in the championship despite few top ten finishes. Raphael qualified 12th in both the 2009 and 2010 Indy 500 and he also crashed in both races in roughly the same location at the exit of turn 1. He failed to qualify the AFS entry for the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

Post-Indy careerEdit

Matos returned to his native Brazil, racing in the Stock Car Brasil series; at the end of the 2015 season, he received a two-year suspension for failing a drug test.[4] He has since raced in the Trans-Am Series in the United States.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

American Le Mans SeriesEdit

American Le Mans Series results
Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2006 B-K Motorsports LMP2 Courage C65 Mazda R20B 2.0L 3-rotor G SEB
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
TEX MID LIM UTA POR AME MOS PET MON 23rd 14
2007 B-K Motorsports
Mazdaspeed
LMP2 Lola B07/46 Mazda MZR-R 2.0L Turbo I4 K SEB
ovr:NC
cls:NC
STP LNB TEX UTA LIM MID AME MOS DET PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON 28th 10
2008 B-K Motorsports LMP2 Lola B07/46 Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
(E85 ethanol)
Y SEB
ovr:DNS
cls:DNS
STP LNB UTA LIM 33rd 10
Lola B08/86 D MON
ovr:30
cls:10
Andretti Green Racing Acura ARX-01b Acura 3.4L V8 M MID
ovr:14
cls:7
AME MOS DET PET
2011 Risi Competizione GT Ferrari 458 Italia GTC Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M SEB LNB LIM MOS MID AME BAL MON PET
ovr:DNS
cls:DNS
NC -
2012 Performance Tech Motorsports PC Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8 M SEB
ovr:49
cls:6
LNB MON LIM MOS MID AME BAL
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
VIR PET 28th 10

A1 Grand PrixEdit

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

A1 Grand Prix results
Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2006–07 Brazil NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR
CZE
FEA
BEI
SPR

6
BEI
FEA

7
MYS
SPR

19
MYS
FEA

18
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
NZL
SPR

16
NZL
FEA

14
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
SHA
SPR
SHA
FEA
GBR
SPR
GBR
SPR
18th 9

American open–wheel racingEdit

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

Atlantic ChampionshipEdit

Champ Car Atlantic results
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2006 Sierra Sierra Enterprises  
LBH
2
 
HOU
11
 
MTY
23
 
POR
6
 
CLE1
5
 
CLE2
Ret
 
TOR
9
 
EDM
Ret
 
SJO
1
 
DEN
2
 
MTL
7
 
ROA
2
4th 205
2007 Sierra Sierra Enterprises  
LVG
1
 
LBH
1
 
HOU
1
 
POR1
4
 
POR2
6
 
CLE
1
 
MTT
2
 
TOR
3
 
EDM1
1
 
EDM2
1
 
SJO
4
 
ROA
2
1st 341

Indy LightsEdit

Firestone Indy Lights results
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2006 Guthrie Racing  
HMS
 
STP1
1
 
STP2
1
 
INDY
 
WGL
13
 
IMS
4
 
NSH
 
MIL
 
KTY
 
SNM1
 
SNM2
 
CHI
10th 154
2008 AGR-AFS Racing  
HMS
8
 
STP1
1
 
STP2
12
 
KAN
19
 
INDY
10
 
MIL
3
 
IOW
7
 
WGL1
1
 
WGL2
2
 
NSH
5
 
MDO1
1
 
MDO2
18
 
KTY
6
 
SNM1
2
 
SNM2
6
 
CHI
3
1st 510

IndyCar SeriesEdit

IndyCar Series results
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
2009 Luczo Dragon Racing  
STP
20
 
LBH
8
 
KAN
20
 
INDY
22
 
MIL
6
 
TXS
12
 
IOW
16
 
RIR
8
 
WGL
12
 
TOR
10
 
EDM
18
 
KTY
16
 
MDO
9
 
SNM
9
 
CHI
9
 
MOT
9
 
HMS
14
13th 312
2010 de Ferran Dragon Racing  
SAO
4
 
STP
8
 
ALA
14
 
LBH
20
 
KAN
16
 
INDY
29
 
TXS
16
 
IOW
14
 
WGL
4
 
TOR
21
 
EDM
13
 
MDO
7
 
SNM
21
 
CHI
29
 
KTY
16
 
MOT
18
 
HMS
17
14th 290
2011 AFS Racing  
STP
7
 
ALA
20
 
LBH
11
 
SAO
25
 
INDY
DNQ
 
TXS1
 
TXS2
 
MIL
 
IOW
 
TOR
 
EDM
 
MDO
 
NHM
 
SNM
 
BAL
 
MOT
 
KTY
 
LSV
30th 67
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
3 2 38 0 0 0 13 0 0

Indianapolis 500Edit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2009 Dallara Honda 12 22 Luczo Dragon Racing
2010 Dallara Honda 12 29 de Ferran Dragon Racing
2011 Dallara Honda DNQ AFS Racing

Stock Car BrasilEdit

Stock Car Brasil results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2012 RC3 Bassani Peugeot 408 INT CTB VEL RBP LON RIO SAL CAS TAR CTB BSB
23
INT
9
NC† 0†
2013 Bardahl Hot Car Chevrolet Sonic INT
10
CUR
26
TAR
16
SAL
26
BRA
10
CAS
19
RBP
6
CAS
8
VEL
16
CUR
18
BRA
10
INT
18
13th 84
2014 Bardahl Hot Car Chevrolet Sonic INT
1

17
SCZ
1

7
SCZ
2

23
BRA
1

2
BRA
2

26
GOI
1

17
GOI
2

Ret
GOI
1

DSQ
CAS
1

Ret
CAS
2

27
CUR
1

22
CUR
2

12
VEL
1

Ret
VEL
2

Ret
SCZ
1

10
SCZ
2

1
TAR
1

15
TAR
2

8
SAL
1

10
SAL
2

2
BRA
1

Ret
16th 104

† Ineligible for championship points.

  • Season still in progress

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NEW LOLA, MAZDA-DERIVED ENGINE FOR B-K IN 2007[permanent dead link], American Le Mans Series, retrieved December 20, 2008
  2. ^ Andretti Green, AFS To Field Two-Car Indy Pro Team - Matos Added to Driver Lineup Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, PaddockTalk, January 18, 2008
  3. ^ DiZinno, Tony. Matos, Luczo Dragon latest to confirm 2009 plans Archived 2008-10-09 at the Wayback Machine, Motorsport.com, October 7, 2008
  4. ^ "Former IndyCar driver Matos gets two-year ban for doping". Motorsport.com. December 17, 2015. Archived from the original on 2017-06-08. Retrieved 2017-06-08.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alex Lloyd
Firestone Indy Lights Champion
2008
Succeeded by
J. R. Hildebrand
Preceded by
Simon Pagenaud
Champ Car Atlantic Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Markus Niemelä
Preceded by
Michael McDowell
Star Mazda Championship Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Adrian Carrio
Achievements
Preceded by
Hideki Mutoh
IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Alex Lloyd