In Carlos Munoz’s three appearances in the IndyCar Series in 2012, he was nothing shy of spectacular. He will now have the full opportunity to show what he can do full time next season as Andretti Autosport announced this morning that he will chase the Rookie of the Year title in 2014.
In his debut at the Indianapolis 500, Munoz qualified in 2nd place and was in the hunt for the win all day long and wound up finishing 2nd to Tony Kanaan. He also replaced Ryan Briscoe at Toronto Race 2 after Briscoe suffered a broken wrist in Race 1, finishing 17th. Fontana, however, showed the true colors of the 21 year old Columbian.
He was called at the last minute to substitute for E.J. Viso when Viso called in sick. He started in 10th and was able to drive the bottom lane deeper than anyone else all night and quickly ran to the front and was in contention for the win until he crashed out on lap 100.
“I don’t have the words to express right now how I feel.” Munoz said in the team’s release. “After so many years of racing and all the sacrifices – leaving my family in Colombia and going to Europe to race, then coming here to the U.S. – but finally, I’m a professional race car driver in the maximum category in America, IndyCar. I have to thank Andretti Autosport, and especially Michael Andretti, for this opportunity.”
Munoz is coming off two seasons of racing in the Firestone Indy Lights Series, where he garnered 6 wins in a 2 year period and finished 3rd in the final standings in 2013.