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David Martínez (racing driver)

David Martínez
Nationality Mexican
Born (1981-12-08) December 8, 1981
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Previous series
1991–2002
1996
1997
1999–2001
2002
2002, 05–06, 08
2003
2004
2005–06, 2007–08
2006–2007
2008
2009
2010
Karting
Formula 2 Neon Mexicana
Formula 3000 Mexico
Mexican Formula Three
Formula Renault 2.0 Mexico
Atlantic Championship
Barber Dodge Pro Series
Formula Renault V6 Eurocup
A1 Grand Prix
Champ Car World Series
IndyCar Series
Rolex Sports Car Series
Indy Lights
Championship titles
1996
2002
Formula 2 Neon Mexicana
Formula Renault 2.0 Mexico

David Martínez (born December 8, 1981 in Monterrey) is a Mexican racing driver. He holds the record for the best debut ever by a Mexican driver in a premiere open-wheel series (IndyCar and Champ Car World Series) with his 9th place finish at the 2006 Gran Premio Telmex.

Contents

  • Racing career 1
    • Early career in Mexico 1.1
    • Europe and Atlantic Championship (2004-2006) 1.2
    • Champ Car and Indy Lights (2006-present) 1.3

Racing career

Early career in Mexico

Starting at the age of seven through his early twenties, Martínez raced in Mexico in karts, Mexican Formula 2/Formula 3000, Formula 3, and Formula Renault 2000 de America. At the age of 14 he won his first formula championship (Mexican Formula 2 Neon), in 1997 Martínez was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award in Mexican Marlboro Cup Formula 3000 and in 2002 won the Mexican Formula Renault 2000. Martínez eventually expanded his racing territory, which included a year in the Barber Dodge Pro Series (2003) winning the first race he participated in (at Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico).

Europe and Atlantic Championship (2004-2006)

In 2004 Martínez migrated to Europe and produced five top-five results in the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup Series. The 25-year-old missed the first race of the year in the 2005 Champ Car Atlantic Championship but still managed to claim fifth in his rookie season. He finished third in his first race in Monterrey, Mexico, captured his first career pole and scored a total of four podiums and seven top-five finishes.

Also during 2005, Martínez contested some rounds of the A1 Grand Prix Series.

In 2006 Martínez returned to Atlantics with the US RaceTronics Team, and repeated his fifth place in the championship despite a challenging season in which he switched teams halfway through the year, but still managed to continue his success on Mexican soil by finishing third at the Monterrey, Mexico event.

Champ Car and Indy Lights (2006-present)

In 2006, Martínez joined Forsythe Championship Racing in Mexico City to pilot the Lola-Ford-Cosworth in his Champ Car debut. Initially announced to race a third car for the team, he ended up replacing an injured Paul Tracy and finished 9th, the best debut by a Mexican driver in a premiere open-wheel series. He was idle throughout most of 2007, but was announced as the driver of Forsythe's #7 car for the final two races of the season, including a return to Mexico City. David started 10th and ran as high as 5th in the race, but during a routine pit stop on lap 45, his gearbox prevented him from returning to the race. The crew managed to repair it, but the job took several minutes

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