Jose Gutierrez, 18, made his debut in the Pro Mazda Championship at the Circuit of Americas in Austin Texas in 2013, finishing in the Top-10 for both races. A third generation driver, began competing in karts at the age of four. Highlights from his career include winning the Rotax Mini Max Championship, the Mexican Grand National Championship, and winning the 2010 Martiga Driver Development School Shootout in Rotax karts.
As one of the youngest contenders in the series, Mexican driver José Gutierrez enters the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires with Juncos Racing. Third-generation driver Gutierrez began his racing career when he stepped into his first kart at four years old. Gutierrez spent most of his childhood at the track competing in karts throughout his home country of Mexico where he was recognized as a top competitor. During his early teen years, Gutierrez won multiple championships including the Martiga Driver Development School Shootout in Rotax, the Mexican Grand National Championship, and the Rotax Mini Max Championship. Gutierrez made his initial debut in the Pro Mazda Championship in March of 2013 finishing inside the Top-10 at the Circuit of Americas. Gutierrez first joined Juncos Racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course test in May and again in August to finish in the Top-10 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. After taking part in the two races, Gutierrez looked forward to a full schedule the following year. When Gutierrez is not on the track, he spends many hours training on his race simulator. Outside of racing Gutierrez enjoys painting, bowling, and staying active playing soccer and lacrosse.
Hobbies: Karting, painting, football, bowling, lacrosse
Snapshot: When I was little my uncle and my grandfather were racecar drivers so I went to see them race on the weekends. When I saw the first race of my uncle, I was in love with cars. I began to watch F1. My favorite F1 driver of all time was Ayrton Senna. I watched his videos; he was a one-of-a-kind driver because he could control his car in the most difficult weather conditions.
Racing goal: Compete in the Tudor United Sports Car Series at some point
Racing hero: Ayrton Senna
My fitness routine includes: Three-mile runs, pushups, crunches, bench press and sit ups
Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: Hydrate, relax, and swap nerves of excitement
The one talent I wish I had: To specialize in math
An interesting note about me: I’m happy!
2014: As a series rookie, Gutiérrez recorded his first Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires podium at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, earned a pole position at the Milwaukee Mile and took his first victory in the season finale at Sonoma Raceway, helping to earn the Team Championship for Juncos Racing.
2013: Contested four rounds of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at the Circuit of The Americas and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course posting four top-10 finishes.
2012: Testing with the Martiga Driver Development Team in Pro Mazda and Formula BMW cars.
2011: Testing in LATAM Formula 2000 Challenge car.
2000-2011: Began local karting at age 4 ... highlights from karting career include Rotax Mini Max Championship, Mexican Grand National Championship and being selected to join the Martiga Driver Development program ... won 2010 Martiga Driver Development School Shootout in Rotax karts.