Andy Wallace (racing driver)

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Andy Wallace
Jaguar XJ - Night and Day with Andy Wallace (23119134049).jpg
Wallace in 2015
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British
Born (1961-02-19) February 19, 1961 (age 58)
Oxford, England
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 1988 - 1993, 1995 - 2008, 2010
Teams Silk Cut Jaguar
Toyota Team Tom's
Harrods Mach One Racing
David Price Racing
Panoz Motorsports
Audi Sport UK
Team Cadillac
Team Bentley
Racing for Holland
Zytek Engineering
Creation Autosportif
RML
Best finish1st (1988)
Class wins4 (1988, 2001, 2002, 2006)
Andy Wallace - Team Jagermeister-Schubel - Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI 93, Donington DTM 1994 Andy Wallace - Team Jagermeister-Schubel - Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI 93 (39780015133).jpg
Andy Wallace - Team Jagermeister-Schubel - Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI 93, Donington DTM 1994

Andy Wallace (born 19 February 1961, in Oxford, England) is a professional racing car driver from the United Kingdom, who has been racing since 1979. In 1976, Wallace attended the Jim Russell Racing Drivers' School. He is the current official Bugatti test driver. He has raced prototype sports cars since 1988, winning over 25 International Sports car races including:

Oxford City and non-metropolitan district in England

Oxford is a university city in south central England and the county town of Oxfordshire. With a population of approximately 155,000, it is the 52nd largest city in the United Kingdom, with one of the fastest growing populations in the UK, and it remains the most ethnically diverse area in Oxfordshire county. The city is 51 miles (82 km) from London, 61 miles (98 km) from Bristol, 59 miles (95 km) from Southampton, 57 miles (92 km) from Birmingham and 24 miles (39 km) from Reading.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom, officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but more commonly known as the UK or Britain, is a sovereign country lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race held in France

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. It is considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and has been called the "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency". The event represents one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport; other events being the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.

24 Hours of Daytona auto race held in Daytona, United States

The 24 Hours of Daytona, currently known as the Rolex 24 At Daytona for sponsorship reasons, is a 24-hour sports car endurance race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is run on a 3.56-mile (5.73 km) combined road course, utilizing portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course. Since its inception, it has been held on the last weekend of January or first weekend of February as part of Speedweeks, and it is the first major automobile race of the year in the United States. It is also the first race of the season for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

12 Hours of Sebring annual sports car endurance race held at Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida, United States

The 12 Hours of Sebring is an annual motorsport endurance race for sports cars held at Sebring International Raceway, on the site of the former Hendricks Army Airfield World War II air base in Sebring, Florida. The event is the second round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and in the past has been a round of the now defunct World Sportscar Championship, IMSA GT Championship and American Le Mans Series. In 2012, the race was the opening event of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Wallace was also the driver for the then record-setting speed of 240.14 mph (386.47 km/h) in a McLaren F1, which for over 11 years was the world record for the fastest production car. According to the Autosport's Le Mans supplement, he liked the place so much that he became resident there.

McLaren F1 sports car

The McLaren F1 is a sports car designed and manufactured by McLaren Cars. Originally a concept conceived by Gordon Murray, he convinced Ron Dennis to back the project and engaged Peter Stevens to design the exterior and interior of the car. On 31 March 1998, the XP5 prototype with a modified rev limiter set the Guinness World Record for the world's fastest production car, reaching 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h), surpassing the modified Jaguar XJ220's 217.1 mph (349 km/h) record from 1992. The McLaren's record lasted until the Koenigsegg CCR surpassed it in 2005, followed by the Bugatti Veyron. Only low production volume cars like the 1993 Dauer 962 Le Mans which attained 251.4 mph (404.6 km/h) in 1998 were faster.

<i>Autosport</i> British motorsport magazine

Autosport is a global motorsport publishing brand headquartered based in Richmond, London. Established in 1950 at the same time as the origins of the Formula One World Championship, Autosport is recognised as an opinion-forming and enduring journalistic authority in the world of motor racing for almost seventy years.

Le Mans Prefecture and commune in Pays de la Loire, France

Le Mans is a city in France, on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the capital of the Sarthe department and the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans. Le Mans is a part of the Pays de la Loire region.

Wallace drove for Dyson Racing in the American Le Mans Series through the 2007 racing season.

Dyson Racing is a professional sports car racing team based in Poughkeepsie, New York in the United States. Founded by Rob Dyson in 1974, the team competed successfully in North American sports car racing series, including the IMSA GT Championship and American Le Mans Series.

American Le Mans Series auto racing championship in the United States

The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was a sports car racing series based in the United States and Canada. It consisted of a series of endurance and sprint races, and was created in the spirit of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For 2008 he is planning a partial schedule with Richard Childress Racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

Richard Childress Racing company

RCR Enterprises, LLC, doing business as Richard Childress Racing (RCR), is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The team is based in Welcome, North Carolina, and is owned and operated by former driver Richard Childress. In the Cup Series, the team currently fields three Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams: the No. 3 full-time for Austin Dillon, the No. 8 full-time for Daniel Hemric, and the No. 31 part-time for Tyler Reddick. In the Xfinity Series, the team currently fields three Chevrolet Camaro teams: the No. 2 full-time for Tyler Reddick and the No. 21 part-time for Kaz Grala. RCR has had at least one car successfully qualify for every Cup race since 1972, the longest such active streak.

Rolex Sports Car Series

The Rolex Sports Car Series was the premier series run by the Grand American Road Racing Association. It was a North American-based sports car series founded in 2000 under the name Grand American Road Racing Championship to replace the failed United States Road Racing Championship. Rolex took over as series sponsor in 2002.

In January 2008 Wallace drove for Alex Job Racing in the #23 Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype backed by Ruby Tuesday in the 24 Hours of Daytona, finishing in 36th place with engine problems.

Alex Job Racing is a former professional sports car racing team based in the United States. The team, which is noted for its long-time association with Porsche, has competed in the American Le Mans Series, the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series, and the Rolex Sports Car Series, and fields a two-car effort in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. On November 22, 2017, it was announced that Alex Job Racing will cease its professional racing operations to focus on its historic restoration and competition business.

Porsche automotive brand manufacturing subsidiary of Volkswagen

Dr.-Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, usually shortened to Porsche AG, is a German automobile manufacturer specializing in high-performance sports cars, SUVs and sedans. Porsche AG is headquartered in Stuttgart, and is owned by Volkswagen AG, which is itself majority-owned by Porsche Automobil Holding SE. Porsche's current lineup includes the 718 Boxster/Cayman, 911, Panamera, Macan and Cayenne.

Daytona Prototype

A Daytona Prototype is a type of sports prototype racing car developed specifically for the Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series as their top class of car, which replaced their main prototype racing class, specifically Le Mans Prototypes (LMPs). The cars later competed in the merged series of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. They are named after the main series event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

24 Hours of Le Mans results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
1988 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Silk Cut Jaguar
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Lammers
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Johnny Dumfries
Jaguar XJR-9LMC13941st1st
1989 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Silk Cut Jaguar
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Flag of Denmark.svg John Nielsen
Flag of the United States.svg Price Cobb
Jaguar XJR-9LMC1215DNFDNF
1990 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Silk Cut Jaguar
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Lammers
Flag of Austria.svg Franz Konrad
Jaguar XJR-12 C13552nd2nd
1991 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Silk Cut Jaguar
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Warwick
Flag of Denmark.svg John Nielsen
Jaguar XJR-12 C23564th4th
1992 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Team Tom's Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Lammers
Flag of Italy.svg Teo Fabi
Toyota TS010 C13318th5th
1993 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Team Tom's Flag of France.svg Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kenny Acheson
Toyota TS010 C1212DNFDNF
1995 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harrods Mach One Racing
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Price Racing
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Bell
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Justin Bell
McLaren F1 GTR GT12963rd2nd
1996 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harrods Mach One Racing
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Price Racing
Flag of France.svg Olivier Grouillard
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Bell
McLaren F1 GTR GT13286th5th
1997 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Price Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Weaver
Flag of the United States.svg Butch Leitzinger
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 GT1236DNFDNF
1998 Flag of the United States.svg Panoz Motorsports Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Brabham
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jamie Davies
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 GT13357th7th
1999 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Audi Sport UK Ltd. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Weaver
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Perry McCarthy
Audi R8C LMGTP198DNFDNF
2000 Flag of the United States.svg Team Cadillac Flag of France.svg Franck Lagorce
Flag of the United States.svg Butch Leitzinger
Cadillac Northstar LMP LMP90029121st11th
2001 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Team Bentley Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eric van de Poele
Flag of the United States.svg Butch Leitzinger
Bentley EXP Speed 8 LMGTP3063rd1st
2002 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Team Bentley Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eric van de Poele
Flag of the United States.svg Butch Leitzinger
Bentley EXP Speed 8 LMGTP3624th1st
2003 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Racing for Holland Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Lammers
Flag of the Netherlands.svg John Bosch
Dome S101-Judd LMP9003606th4th
2004 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Zytek Engineering Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Brabham
Flag of Japan.svg Hayanari Shimoda
Zytek 04S LMP1167DNFDNF
2005 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Creation Autosportif Flag of France.svg Nicolas Minassian
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jamie Campbell-Walter
DBA 03S-Judd LMP132214th7th
2006 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ray Mallock Ltd. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Newton
Flag of Brazil.svg Thomas Erdos
MG-Lola EX264-AER LMP23438th1st
2007 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ray Mallock Ltd. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Newton
Flag of Brazil.svg Thomas Erdos
MG-Lola EX264-AER LMP2251DNFDNF
2008 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ray Mallock Ltd. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Newton
Flag of Brazil.svg Thomas Erdos
MG-Lola EX265-AER LMP2100DNFDNF
2010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg RML Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Newton
Flag of Brazil.svg Thomas Erdos
Lola B08/80-HPD LMP23588th3rd
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andy Rouse
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

1986
Succeeded by
Johnny Herbert
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Maurício Gugelmin
British Formula Three Champion
1986
Succeeded by
Johnny Herbert
Preceded by
Maurício Gugelmin
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

1986
Succeeded by
Martin Donnelly
Preceded by
Derek Bell
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Al Holbert
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1988 with:
Jan Lammers
Johnny Dumfries
Succeeded by
Jochen Mass
Manuel Reuter
Stanley Dickens

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