Santiago Urrutia

Santiago Urrutia Lausarot (born 30 August 1996) is an Uruguayan racing driver. He currently competes in the Formula Regional Americas Championship, driving for HMD Motorsports. He formerly competed in Indy Lights, and was the 2015 Pro Mazda series champion.

Santiago Urrutia
2017 Freedom 100 - Santiago Urrutia portrait.png
Santiago Urrutia at the 2017 Freedom 100
NationalityUruguay Uruguayan
Born (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 24)
Miguelete, Uruguay
Indy Lights career
Debut season2016
Current teamHMD Motorsports
Car number55
Former teamsSchmidt Peterson Motorsports
Belardi Auto Racing
Starts51
Wins8
Poles5
Fastest laps6
Best finish2nd in 2016, 2017
Previous series
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
Pro Mazda Championship
GP3 Series
European F3 Open
Formula Abarth
Formula Abarth
Championship titles
2015Pro Mazda Championship

Racing careerEdit

Urrutia's motorsport career started at age three in dirt motorcycling on his grandfather's farm,[1] and later moved up to go-kart racing in his native Uruguay at age five.[2] In 2009 he won the Argentine Pre Junior Championship and the Metropolitan Mini Junior Apertura Championship. In 2010 he won the Uruguayan Master Championship.

At the 2010 Karting World Championship, he qualified 5th for the pre-final, but was involved in two incidents and finished the final in 18th place. At age 14, Urrutia moved it Italy in 2011 and competed at the WSK Euro Series KF3. Also in 2011 he took part in the Formula Abarth season.[3] He won Formula Abarth Rookie of the year in 2012,[2] and participated in the Ferrari Diving Academy.[2]

In 2013 he took part in the European F3 Open Championship,[4] winning races at Algarove International Circuit and Silverstone Circuit.[5][6] In 2014, he competed in the GP3 Series for Finnish team Koiranen GP.[7]

Road to IndyEdit

 
Urrutia's 2015 championship-winning car at Laguna Seca.

He took part in the Pro Mazda Championship in 2015 as a driver for Team Pelfrey. He clinched the championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, sixteen years and one day after the death of fellow Uruguayan Gonzalo Rodríguez in a practice accident at the same venue.[8] With the championship, Urrutia became the first Uruguayan to win a major international racing championship.[9]

In 2016, he competed in Indy Lights for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.[10] He was placed on probation by the series in June.[11] A weekend sweep at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in July led Urrutia to the top of the point standings.[12] Urrutia was in the hunt for the series title until the final pair of races of the season, where he ultimately lost the championship to Ed Jones by two points after Jones' teammate let him by to win the title.[13] With SPM discontinuing their Indy Lights team, Urrutia returned to the series in 2017 as a Belardi Auto Racing driver.[14] He scored two wins and six second place finishes, finishing runner-up in the standings to Kyle Kaiser.[15]

 
Urrutia's 2018 Indy Lights machine.

At the end of 2017, Urrutia entered into a handshake deal to drive the 2018 IndyCar Series season for Harding Racing, but the team eventually rescinded on the offer and failed to pay Urrutia a $100,000 sum for the driver to compete with Belardi in Indy Lights for the season.[16] He did, however, run a full Indy Lights season with Belardi in 2018.[17]

After Road to IndyEdit

In 2019, Urrutia raced in the European TCR series for Team WRT, finishing third in the standings and earning Rookie of the Year.[18]

He was due to return to the Indy Lights with HMD Motorsport in 2020,[19] but the season was cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[20] Instead, he contested the opening round of the Formula Regional Americas Championship in its' place, scoring a podium finish. The Uruguayan then took part in a test for Cyan Racing's World Touring Car Cup team, and was later signed for their 2020 campaign alongside Thed Björk.[21]

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2011 Formula Abarth Italian Series Island Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 4 18th
Formula Abarth European Series 4 0 0 0 0 5 21st
2012 Formula Abarth European Series BVM 24 3 1 3 11 207 4th
Formula Abarth Italian Series 18 3 1 3 9 158 4th
2013 European F3 Open RP Motorsport 16 2 1 3 8 191 4th
2014 GP3 Series Koiranen GP 18 0 0 0 0 0 23rd
2015 Pro Mazda Championship Team Pelfrey 16 3 2 0 10 355 1st
2016 Indy Lights Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 18 4 3 3 7 361 2nd
2017 Indy Lights Belardi Auto Racing 16 2 1 3 9 310 2nd
2018 Indy Lights 17 2 1 0 8 395 3rd
2019 TCR Europe Touring Car Series Team WRT 14 0 0 1 2 234 3rd
TCR BeNeLux Touring Car Championship 10 0 0 1 4 237 4th
2020 World Touring Car Cup Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 2 0 0 0 1 26 4th*
Formula Regional Americas Championship HMD Motorsports 2 0 0 0 1 15 12th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete GP3 Series resultsEdit

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2014 Koiranen GP CAT
FEA

21
CAT
SPR

13
RBR
FEA

16
RBR
SPR

12
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

14
HOC
FEA

22
HOC
SPR

18
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

13
SPA
SPR

18
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

15
SOC
FEA

14
SOC
SPR

12
YMC
FEA

11
YMC
SPR

12
23rd 0

American open-wheel racing resultsEdit

Pro Mazda ChampionshipEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2015 Team Pelfrey STP
2
STP
4
LOU
1
LOU
C
BAR
3
BAR
2
IMS
4
IMS
3
IMS
1
LOR
15
TOR
7
TOR
4
IOW
5
MOH
1
MOH
3
LAG
2
LAG
2
1st 355

Indy LightsEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
2016 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports STP
4
STP
13
PHX
4
ALA
11
ALA
1
IMS
2
IMS
2
INDY
14
RDA
9
RDA
1
IOW
5
TOR
4
TOR
4
MDO
1
MDO
1
WGL
12
LAG
5
LAG
2
2nd 361
2017 Belardi Auto Racing STP
13
STP
2
ALA
15
ALA
13
IMS
7
IMS
2
INDY
5
RDA
2
RDA
11
IOW
2
TOR
3
TOR
11
MDO
1
MDO
2
GMP
1
WGL
2
2nd 310
2018 Belardi Auto Racing STP
2
STP
1
ALA
3
ALA
5
IMS
2
IMS
4
INDY
4
RDA
4
RDA
7
IOW
3
TOR
2
TOR
1
MDO
6
MDO
4
GTW
4
POR
4
POR
3
3rd 395

Complete TCR Europe Touring Car Series 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 DC Points
2019 Team WRT Audi RS 3 LMS TCR HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

6
HOC
1

6
HOC
2

5
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

24
RBR
1

Ret
RBR
2

7
OSC
1

15
OSC
2

5
CAT
1

3
CAT
2

17
MNZ
1

4
MNZ
2

6
3rd 234

Complete World Touring Car Cup 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 DC Points
2020 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR BEL
1

6
BEL
2

3
GER
1

GER
2

SVK
1

SVK
2

SVK
3

HUN
1

HUN
2

HUN
3

ESP
1

ESP
2

ESP
3

ITA
1

ITA
2

ITA
3

4th* 26*

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McCubbin, Ashley (March 5, 2020). "Ashley Asks... Santiago Urrutia". Popular Speed. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Santi es un ejemplo de que a los 16 años, las cosas a veces se ven muy claras". Motormario (in Spanish). Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "Santi is 16 and he knows where he is going". Motormario.com. April 5, 2013. (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "RP Motorsport confirms its driver line-up for 2013". European F3 Open Championship. GT Sport. January 31, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  5. ^ "Uruguayo Santiago Urrutia ganó la carrera de Fórmula 3". Subrayado (in Spanish). May 11, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  6. ^ "Victoria de Santiago Urrutia en Silverstone". Motormario (in Spanish). Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "Santiago Urrutia se une a Koiranen en GP3". Motor y Racing. March 20, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  8. ^ DiZinno, Tony (September 12, 2015). "Santi Urrutia claims Pro Mazda title in dramatic fashion at Mazda Raceway". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  9. ^ "Pro Mazda champion Urrutia Set to race with Schmidt Peterson team". NTT IndyCar Series. February 18, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  10. ^ "Santiago Urrutia a la IndyLights". Velocidad Total. Velocidad Total. January 27, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2016. (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Barnes, Joey. "Indy Lights Puts Three Drivers on Probation". Motorsports Tribune. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  12. ^ "Double Win for Urrutia Vaults Him into Indy Lights Points Lead". Motorsports Tribune. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  13. ^ DeHarde, Christopher. "The 2016 Indy Lights Championship Review: Santiago Urrutia". Motorsports Tribune. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  14. ^ Faturos, Federico (December 30, 2016). "Urrutia seguirá en Indy Lights para 2017". Motorsport (in Spanish). Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  15. ^ Eubanks, Michael (February 4, 2020). "Santiago Urrutia to make Indy Lights return with HMD Motorsports". Motor Sports Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  16. ^ "Santiago Urrutia says IndyCar got another black eye with O'Ward". AutoRacing1. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "Santi Urrutia returns to Belardi and sets the best test time of the Indy Lights test". Formula Rapida. February 28, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  18. ^ Brunsdon, Stephen (October 13, 2019). "Santiago Urrutia eyes WTCR 2020 graduation". Touring Car Times. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  19. ^ "Santiago Urrutia Joins HMD Motorsports". Indy Lights. February 3, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  20. ^ Ryan, Nate (June 1, 2020). "Indy Lights announces cancellation of 2020 season; will return in 2021". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  21. ^ "Santiago Urrutia completes Lynk & Co Cyan Racing line-up". TouringCarTimes. 28 July 2020.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Spencer Pigot
Pro Mazda Championship
Champion

2015
Succeeded by
Aaron Telitz