Indy Lights - Juan Pablo Garcia

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  • Birthday: Oct 4, 1987
  • Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Residence: Mexico City / San Diego, CA
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  • Team Website:SPMIndyCar.com
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Biography of Juan Pablo Garcia

Juan Pablo Garcia is the only Mexican driver currently competing in the Mazda Road to Indy.

Garcia made his Firestone Indy Lights debut in 2009 and ran three consecutive partial seasons, starting in four events in 2012 and the full 2013 season with Jeffrey Mark Motorsports. The Mexico City-native began his professional racing career in 2006 and has competed in several other series, including Formula Renault 2000, A1 Grand Prix and British Formula Three.

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Current Sports Played: Soccer, Squash, Karting, Running

Hobbies: Movies, music, soccer, karting, hanging out with friends

Snapshot: I like all kind of movies and listening to Mexican and Pop music (both in English & Spanish). I enjoy driving karts.

Racing goal: IndyCar Series

Racing hero: Mario Andretti, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen

My fitness routine includes: Cardio, strength workout, running and sometimes riding bicycles

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: To make the sign of the cross

The one talent I wish I had: Really wishes he could salsa dance

An interesting note about me: I’m a humble and enjoyable person

2013: Finished eighth in the Indy Lights Championship with Team Moore Racing claiming 3 top-five finishes

2012: Finished ninth in the Indy Lights Championship with Jeffrey Mark Motorsports in his first full season of competition, posting nine top-10 finishes

2011: Made four starts in Indy Lights with Jensen Motorsports claiming a best finish of eighth at Barber Motorsports Park

2010: Made two starts in Indy Lights with Michael Crawford Motorsports, claiming a best finish of sixth at Infineon Raceway

2009: Made one start in Indy Lights with HVM Racing, finishing 18th at Infineon Raceway

2008: Finished 16th in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup with a best finish of sixth at Zandvoort … also contested select races in the Formula Renault 2.0 EuroCup Series

2007: Finished seventh in the British Formula 3 National Class for Fluid Motorsport with a best finish of fourth at Silverstone … drove for A1 Team Mexico in the A1GP at Brands Hatch

2006: Finished 12th in the Formula Renault 2.0 Panam GP Series with Hidalgo Racing

2005: Competed in Formula Renault 2000 in Mexico with the Unique Competition Team

2004: Completed the Formula BMW Licensing Course in Valencia, Spain … contested two Corona Cup events earning a pair of top-10 finishes (Mexico City and Tangamanga) … won the “Champions of the Shifter Kart” event in the 125 Light Class

EARLY CAREER: Began racing go-karts in 2002, winning several races and championships in Mexico … attended the Skip Barber Racing School and was named “Rookie of the Race”

SPM with Curb-Agajanian

Sam Schmidt Motorsports, which was formed by Sam Schmidt in 2001, is the winningest team in Firestone Indy Lights  history, recording 26 race victories and three driver championships.

The team earned its first Firestone Indy Lights championship in 2004. In a 12-race season, the team won six races with Thiago Medeiros and captured nine pole positions, eight by Medeiros and one by Travis Gregg.

Jay Howard captured the driver's championship in 2006 on the strength of two race victories and two pole positions, while the team finished second in the entrant championship.

In 2007, Alex Lloyd won the championship with eight victories in 16 races, including a record five consecutive victories to start the season.

Team owner Sam Schmidt made 27 career starts in the IndyCar Series as a driver, earning one victory and pole position, both achievements in his hometown of Las Vegas in September 1999 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while driving for Treadway Racing. In January 2000, Schmidt became a quadriplegic due to injuries suffered in a testing crash at Orlando, Fla.

Schmidt, who endures more than 35 hours of physical therapy per week, puts his master's degree in international finance from Pepperdine University to work managing the marketing efforts for his team and the strategic direction of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.

The foundation's mission is to help individuals overcome spinal-cord injuries and other related debilitating illnesses by facilitating scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances. The foundation raises funds through the power of motorsports to improve quality of life and assure the best possible outcomes by touching individual lives. Every dollar raised in the foundation name goes to support the foundation and its missions.

Schmidt resides in Henderson, Nev., with his wife, Sheila, and their children, Savannah and Spencer.

In late-2012, Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oculus Transport Ltd., announced the formation of a new partnership between the two as owners of SSM’s Firestone Indy Lights and IZOD IndyCar Series race teams.