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Juan Manuel López
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Driver Details
Nationality Argentina Argentinian
Date of Birth 09/03/1980
Date of Death Unknown
Début Unknown
Championships Unknown
Wins 0
First Win Unknown
Former Teams China Racing
Formula E Career
Total Entries 0 (0 Starts)
Poles 0
Fastest Laps 0
Total Points 0
FanBoosts 0
Juan Manuel López is an Argentinian racing driver, who took part in the 2014 Donington Test before the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship season started in Beijing.[1]

BackgroundEdit

López began his racing career in Argentina, taking part in the Formula Renault Championship in Argentina in 1995.[2]  After two full seasons, López moved up to the South American Formula 3 Championship, taking sixteenth in the final standings, while also competing in numerous other championships, including the South American Super Touring Car Championship.[2]

Europe vs HomeEdit

A move to Europe followed in 1999, with López taking part in the 1999 Italian Formula Three Championship, completing the year with a single win to his name.[2] After being entered in numerous one-off events by his team throughout the year, López progressed to the British Formula Three championship in 2000.[2] Lopez would only attend six races, however, and opted for a return to Argentina at the end of the season.[2]

López returned to compete in the TC 2000 Championship in Argentina for the 2001 season, while also entering several races in the SASTCC.[2] After only scoring four points in his TC 2000 debut season, López tried to improve his record in 2002, staying with his father's team CL Racing.[2] A better season saw him score thirteen points, with a third season in TC 2000 following in 2003.[2] It was unsuccessful, however, as he scored just two points all season.

GT: SpainEdit

After a single season in Turismo Nacional Argentina (2004), and two full campaigns in the Top Race V6 Series (2005-6), López moved (once again) to Europe, taking part in the Spanish GT Championship in 2007.[2] Although he shared his duties with his TR V6 campaign, López managed to win his class outright, although he returned to Argentina the following year.[2] After a quiet 2008 season, however, López chose to head to Spain once again.[2]

Two seasons in 2009 and 2010 gave Lopez valuable experience and opportunity, with López coming third in 2009, and runner-up (overall) in 2010, prompting him to move into the International GT Open Championship.[2] His 2011 campaign saw him take fifth in his debut season, having won four races outright, a feat he repeated in 2012.[2] 2012 also saw López finish the season in fifth overall.[2]

Formula E HistoryEdit

López was given the chance to drive the 'Development' Spark-Renault SRT_01E on the third day of the 2014 Donington Test, completing fifteen laps in the afternoon session.[1] China Racing then approached the FIA about using López in their second pair of cars, which had not run in the test until that point.[3] The FIA accepted and López completed 46 laps for China Racing on the fourth day, setting a best time of 1:33.425.[3] Lopez was not, however, called upon when the season started at the 2014 Beijing ePrix.

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 'Buemi tops day three at donington', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/07/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/july/sebastien-buemi-tops-day-three-of-testing-at-donington-park.aspx, (Accessed 23/04/2015)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 'Juan Manuel Lopez', wikipedia.org, (21/03/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Manuel_L%C3%B3pez_%28racing_driver%29, (Accessed 23/04/2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Buemi quickest on penultimate day of testing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/07/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/july/sebastien-buemi-quickest-on-penultimate-day-of-testing.aspx, (Accessed 23/04/2015)

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