ALEX WURZ ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 — TOYOTA GAZOO Racing would like to thank Alex Wurz for his significant contribution to its World Endurance Championship project.

Alex, 41, announced today that he will retire from racing after this weekend’s Six Hours of Bahrain, the final round of the 2015 World Endurance Championship.

Alex was the first driver signed by TOYOTA in 2011 when its entry into WEC was confirmed, and delivered the team its first pole position and victory in Brazil in 2012, just the team’s third race.

In his four seasons with TOYOTA, two-time Le Mans winner Alex has played a crucial role in technical development, as well as contributing to development of the whole team to meet the requirements of endurance racing.      

He has been a valued and popular team member, whose presence will be sorely missed.

Prior to the season-ending Bahrain round, Alex has taken part in 27 WEC races for TOYOTA, winning five and finishing on the podium a total of 11 times.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will announce its 2016 driver line-up early next year.

Toshio Sato, Team President: “Alex has been a fundamental part of our team since the very beginning, in 2011. We have enjoyed some fantastic moments together; I know everyone in the team will remember that first victory in Sao Paulo for a long, long time. I would like to sincerely thank him for his contribution to our WEC project; his technical input, motivation and ability have been invaluable to us. Whilst it is sad to see such a respected and successful driver step away from racing, we wish Alex all the very best for the future.”

   

Alex Wurz Career Statistics

Born                            15 February 1974, Waidhofen an der Thaya, Austria

Lives                           Monaco

Status                         Married to Julia, 3 children (Felix, Charlie and Oscar)

Height                         1.87m

Weight                        79kg

 

1986               BMX World Championship: 1st

                        BMX European Championship: 2nd

1989               Austrian Kart Championship: 2nd

1991               European Formula Ford Cup: 2nd

                        Austrian Formula Ford Championship: 2nd

1992               European Formula Ford Cup: 1st

                        Austrian Formula Ford Championship: 1st

                        German Formula Ford Championship: 1st

1993               Austrian Formula 3 Championship: 1st

1994               German Formula 3 Championship: 2nd (3 wins)

1995               German Formula 3 Championship: 6th

1996               Le Mans 24 Hours (Team Joest): 1st

                        International Touring Car Championship (Opel): 16th

1997               Formula 1 (Benetton): 14th

                        FIA GT Championship (AMG Mercedes): 10th (1 win)

1998               Formula 1 (Benetton): 8th

1999               Formula 1 (Benetton): 13th

2000               Formula 1 (Benetton): 15th

2001-05         Formula 1 (McLaren): Third driver

2005               Formula 1 (McLaren): 17th (1 race)

2006               Formula 1 (Williams): Third driver

2007               Formula 1 (Williams): 11th

2008               Formula 1 (Honda): Reserve driver

2009               Le Mans 24 Hours (Peugeot): 1st

                        Formula 1 (Brawn GP): Test driver

2010               Le Mans 24 Hours (Peugeot): DNF

                        Sebring 12 Hours (Peugeot): 1st

2011               Le Mans 24 Hours (Peugeot): 4th

                        Le Mans Series / Inter. Le Mans Cup (Peugeot): 2 wins

                        Petit Le Mans (Peugeot): 1st

2012               Le Mans 24 Hours (TOYOTA Racing): DNF

                        World Endurance Championship (TOYOTA Racing): 3rd (3 wins)

2013               Le Mans 24 Hours (TOYOTA Racing): 4th

World Endurance Championship (TOYOTA Racing): 4th (1 win)

2014               Le Mans 24 Hours (TOYOTA Racing): DNF

World Endurance Championship (TOYOTA Racing): 5th (1 win)

2015               Le Mans 24 Hours (TOYOTA GAZOO Racing): 8th

World Endurance Championship (TOYOTA Racing): 7th*

*Prior to Six Hours of Bahrain

 

 

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