Tony Garcia (racing driver)

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BornJuly 7, 1945
Havana,Cuba
NationalityCuban
CitizenshipCuba
Occupation
  • Racing driver
  • Businessman

Tony Garcia (born July 7 1945 Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban American former racing driver and Businessman. He raced with IMSA, winning the 1980 IMSA GT Championship[1]at Daytona International Speedway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca[2]. In 1982, won the IMSA GT Championship at the 6h Silverstone Circuit[3]driving the BMW M1. In the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans he finished an impressive 9th[4][5] with the Sauber C7, behind eight Porsche 956[6], breaking the perfect top 10 of the Porsche team. He also drove in the Grand Prix of Miami (sports car racing) in 1985[7], finishing in 3rd position

Early life

Antonio (Tony) Garcia born in a Middle class family, he grew up in Kholy Havana, he was 14 years old when the Fidel Castro Communism regime took control of the Island in 1959, his family decided left the country and move to Miami, Florida. Tony is also grandson of one of the Engineer that participates in the construction of the Spanish submarine Peral.

IMSA GT Era

Tony Garcia race more than seventy races[8]wining the IMSA GT Championship[9]also was awarded for the Most Improved Driver 1980 IMSA GT Series.

1983 24 Hours of Le Mans

In 1983 Tony Garcia finished 9th with the two drivers Diego Montoya and Albert Neon. Porsches used that result to create the well know poster “Nobody’s perfect”[10]

References

  1. "IMSA 1980 GT championship".
  2. "Laguna Seca 100 Miles".
  3. "Silverstone 6 Hours".
  4. "Le Mans 24 Hours".
  5. "1983 24 Hours of Le Mans", Wikipedia, 2022-02-02, retrieved 2022-02-09
  6. "Sauber C7", Wikipedia, 2020-08-27, retrieved 2022-02-09
  7. "Grand Prix of Miami".
  8. "All Results of Tony Garcia".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: date format (link)
  9. "IMSA GT Championship".
  10. "Nobody's perfect – How Porsche dominated Le Mans".

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