Corvette Racing Driver Profile: Antonio Garcia

Antonio Garcia Drives: No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R

Co-drivers: Jan Magnussen, Jordan Taylor (endurance races)

Birthdate: June 5, 1980

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Residence: Barcelona, Spain

Family: Single

Notable: Winner of four major endurance races: 2008-09, 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans (GT1/GTE Pro), 2009 Daytona 24-hour (overall), 2009 Sebring 12-hour (GT1).

Web site: www.antoniogarcia.com

Twitter: @AntonioGarcia_3

 

American Le Mans Series Career Record

Year

Starts

Wins

Fast Qualifier

Notes

2007

1

0

0

Third in GT1 at Sebring (Aston Martin)

2008

1

0

0

Third in GT1 at Sebring (Aston Martin)

2009

2

1

0

Won GT1 at Sebring (Corvette)

2010

2

0

0

 

2011

2

0

0

Third in GT at Sebring (Corvette)

Total

8

1

0

 

 

24 Hours of Le Mans Record

Year

Finish

Class

Car

Co-drivers

2006

4th

GT1

Aston Martin DBR9

Piquet Jr., Brabham

2007

10th

GT1

Aston Martin DBR9

Fittipaldi, Menten

2008

1st

GT1

Aston Martin DBR9

Brabham, Turner

2009

1st

GT1

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell, Magnussen

2010

12th
(DNF)

GT2

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell, Magnussen

2011

1st

GTE Pro

Corvette C6.R

Beretta, Milner

 

Career Highlights

  • 1988-98: Started karting at age 8 in native Spain, winning numerous junior karting championships

  • 1997: Formula Renault Elf Campus, three victories and six podium finishes; karting Category FA champion of Europe

  • 1998: Raced in Open Nissan championship, two wins and five podium finishes

  • 1999: Competed in Euro Open Nissan championship, one victory and five podium finishes

  • 2000: Won 2000 Euro Open Nissan championship, five wins and 10 podium finishes

  • 2001: Raced in Formula 3000 and FIA GT, first in Spa 24-hour and won Super Pole in Estoril

  • 2002: Finished fifth in Formula Nissan World Series, five podium finishes

  • 2003: Moved to European Touring Car Championship, scored five podium finishes

  • 2004: Competed in ETCC; second in Hockenheim, third in Brno and Spa. Competed in Belgian national GT series; won Nürburgring

  • 2005: Competed in WTCC; second in Puebla

  • 2006: Raced in Le Mans Series, won GT1 at Donington, second in Spa; fourth in GT1 at Le Mans

  • 2007: Made American Le Mans Series debut at Sebring with Team Modena, finished third in GT1; competed in Le Mans Series, British GT and Grand-Am, runner-up at Nürburgring and Silverstone GT1

  • 2008: Won GT1 at 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin Racing, finished third in GT1 in Sebring 12-hour with Bell Motorsports; in Le Mans Series, won Monza, Nürburgring and Silverstone GT1

  • 2009: Won three major endurance races: Daytona 24-hour (Daytona Prototype), Sebring 12-hour (Corvette C6.R), and 24 Hours of Le Mans (Corvette C6.R)

  • 2010: Third in Daytona Prototype at Watkins Glen Grand-Am, four top-five finishes in DP.

  • 2011: Scored third win in four years at 24 Hours of Le Mans with Corvette Racing co-drivers Tommy Milner and Olivier Beretta in GTE Pro class.

 

Antonio Garcia joined Corvette Racing in 2009 as the third driver for the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R, teamed with Olivier Beretta and Tommy Milner in the Sebring 12-hour, Le Mans 24-hour, and 1000-mile Petit Le Mans endurance races. In 2012, Garcia moved to a full-season role, paired with Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R. Jordan Taylor joins Garcia and Magnussen as third driver in the long-distance events.

Garcia has raced with distinction in the European Touring Car Championship, the World Touring Car Championship, and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. He was part of the winning GT1 team in the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans, and shared in an overall victory in the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona. He won the GT1 category in the 2009 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in his debut with Corvette Racing and scored his second consecutive GT1 victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He won Le Mans for the third time in 2011, co-driving with Milner and Beretta in the GTE Pro class.

"I'm excited and very proud to be part of the full-season team with Corvette Racing," Garcia said. "Now it is the right time to make a step up. This championship is very competitive, so I really need to focus learning the tracks where I haven't raced before. I have a great teammate in Jan Magnussen to help me."