|Juan Manuel López|
|Date of Birth||09/03/1980|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Former Teams||China Racing|
|Formula E Career|
|Entries||0 (0 Starts)|
López began his racing career in Argentina, taking part in the Formula Renault Championship in Argentina in 1995. 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.
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. After being entered in numerous one-off events by his team throughout the year, López progressed to the British Formula Three championship in 2000. Lopez would only attend six races, however, and opted for a return to Argentina at the end of the season.
López returned to compete in the TC 2000 Championship in Argentina for the 2001 season, while also entering several races in the SASTCC. 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. A better season saw him score thirteen points, with a third season in TC 2000 following in 2003. It was unsuccessful, however, as he scored just two points all season.
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. 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. After a quiet 2008 season, however, López chose to head to Spain once again.
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. His 2011 campaign saw him take fifth in his debut season, having won four races outright, a feat he repeated in 2012. 2012 also saw López finish the season in fifth overall.
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. 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. The FIA accepted and López completed 46 laps for China Racing on the fourth day, setting a best time of 1:33.425. Lopez was not, however, called upon when the season started at the 2014 Beijing ePrix.
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 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)
- ↑ 2.00 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)
- ↑ 3.0 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)