Indy Lights - Juan Piedrahita

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Juan Piedrahita
Juan Piedrahita
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Juan Piedrahita
Biography of Juan Piedrahita

Juan Piedrahita got his start racing go-karts in Mexico at the age of 7.  He would finish his karting career in 2008 in France, winning two races on the French national karting championship en route to a fourth place finish in the season standings.

Piedrahita graduated to cars in 2009, racing in the Latin American Formula Renault 2.0 series.  The next couple of years saw Piedrahita compete in both the USF2000 championship and Star Mazda championship series.  JDC Motorsports signed Piedrahita in 2013 to drive in the Pro Mazda Championship series.

Away from the track, Piedrahita enjoys watching and playing soccer.  His racing goals are to ultimately win the IZOD IndyCar Series championship and the Indianapolis 500.  He counts fellow Colombian and 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya as his racing hero.

Hobbies: Karting, watching and playing soccer, hanging out with friends, boxing

Snapshot: I have a very calm personality, but when I get in a race car I transform. I like soccer a lot. I’m a Real Madrid and Chelsea fan. My favorite soccer players are Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney. In music I like U2, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia.

Racing goal: To win the Verizon IndyCar Series championship and the Indy 500.

Racing hero: Fernando Alonso and Juan Pablo Montoya

My fitness routine includes: Running, weight-lifting, cycling, swimming

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: I like to concentrate and “get in the zone.”

The one talent I wish I had: I wish I was good with numbers.

An interesting note about me: I’m afraid of clowns.

2013: Finished ninth in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with a best finish of second at The Milwaukee Mile and four additional podium finishes … earned the inaugural Pro Mazda Spirit Award, given to the driver or team that embodies the “heart of a champion” as they aspire to reach their goals.

2012: Finished seventh in the Star Mazda Championship with two podiums, six top-fives and 14 top-10 finishes.

2011: Finished seventh in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda with two podium finishes

2009: Finished sixth in the Latin American Formula Renault 2.0 series with four podium finishes.

2008: Finished fourth in the French national karting championship with two wins, two pole positions and four podium finishes.

2007: Won the ICA National karting championship.

2006: Won the Junior ICA National karting championship.

2005: Finished second in the Junior ICA karting championship.

2004: Finished fourth in the national Cadet karting championship with one win.

2003: Won the Easykart 60 championship.

2002: Won the Easykart 60 championship.

2001: Won Rookie of the Year honors in Cadet Regional karting championship.

2000: Started competing in go-karts at age 7.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2013 Pro Mazda 16 0 0 6 9 0 5
2012 Pro Mazda 17 0 0 5 13 0 14
Total 33 0 0 11 22 0 19
2014 Indy Lights 14 0 0 2 13 0 13
Total 14 0 0 2 13 0 13
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
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.