Franck Montagny

Born:
5th January 1978 (Age 41)
Feurs, Rhone-Alpes
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Franck Montagny is a successful sports car driver who briefly raced for Super Aguri's Formula 1 team. However, a positive test for a banned substance placed his immediate racing career in jeopardy.

Early racing career

Successful in karting, Montagny graduated to cars in 1994 and immediately won the French Formula Campus series. He raced in Formula Renault for the next two seasons but broke both ankles and damaged three vertebrae in an accident during a race at Le Mans in 1996.

Fit enough for Formula 3 in 1997, Montagny won races during both of his years driving a La Filière Martini-Opel. Always competitive, he won the opening eight races of 1998 only to be narrowly beaten to the title by David Saelens. The next two years were spent with DAMS in Formula 3000 but ultimately proved frustrating with third in Hungary in 1999 his only podium finish.

Montagny choose a sideways move to maintain his single-seater career and it paid off. He won Spain’s Formula Nissan Championship in 2001 and two successful years followed in the upgraded V6 World Series. Runner-up behind Ricardo Zonta in 2002, he switched from Racing Engineering to Gabord Competición to beat Heikki Kovalainen to the 2003 title.

Formula 1 with Super Aguri

Renault’s F1 test driver from 2003 to 2005 included Friday duties at the French Grand Prix that first season. He then assumed that role for Jordan at the 2005 European GP. However, a race seat was unlikely so Montagny joined the new Honda-backed Super Aguri team as its reserve driver for 2006. Newcomer Yūji Ide was out of his depth and Montagny replaced him from the European GP at the Nürburgring – becoming France’s first GP driver in 18 months. However, he did little with this opportunity to race at the back of the field and was replaced by Sakon Yamamoto after seven starts.

Successful sports car career

Toyota’s test driver in 2007 and 2008, Montagny finished second for Forsythe-Pettit Racing at Long Beach – a one-off start in the very last Champ Car race. He is now firmly established in sports cars. He was second in the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours with a Pescarolo C60-Judd and shared the winning Andretti Green Acura ARX-01b in Detroit’s 2008 American Le Mans Series race.

Montagny had also finished third in the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours with a Peugeot 908 HDI and he was a regular in the French team for the next three seasons. He won Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans for three successive years from 2009 to 2011 and the Frenchman continued to come close at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Second in 2009, he was third again two years later.

However, Peugeot’s withdrawal at the end of 2011 left Montagny without a regular drive. Aside from one-offs in the ALMS and Australian V8 Supercars during 2012, he replaced the injured Guillaume Moreau in OAK Racing’s old Pescarolo-Judd at Le Mans but engine failure ended that run.

Formula E for Andretti Autosport

Montagny joined Andretti Autosport for the new Formula E Championship of 2014/15, a deal which also saw Montagny make his Indycar debut in the Indianapolis GP in May 2014. He was second in the inaugural Formula E race around Beijing's Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium. However, he was suddenly dropped from the team when he admitted that he had tested positive for a banned substance. Montagny was handed a two-year ban from the sport as a consequence. He returned to the F1 paddocks in 2017 as an analyst for French television.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship
Andretti Autosport
2 0 1 0
0% win rate
15th 18
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series
Andretti Autosport
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
36th 8
2012 World Endurance Championship
OAK Racing
1 0 0 0 0
2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
Peugeot Sport Total
1 0 1 0 0
2011 American Le Mans Series
Team Peugeot Total
1 0 1 1 0
2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
Team Peugeot Total
1 1 1 1 0
2010 Superleague Formula
Girondins de Bordeaux
12 0 3 1
9% win rate
259
2010 American Le Mans Series
Team Peugeot Total
1 0 1 1 0
2010 Le Mans Series 28th 15
2009 IRL IndyCar Series
Andretti Green Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
38th 12
2009 American Le Mans Series
Team Peugeot Total
1 0 1 1 0
2008 American Le Mans Series
Andretti Green Racing
1 0 1 1 0
2008 IRL IndyCar Series
Forsythe Championship Racers
1 0 1 0
0% win rate
0
2007/2008 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
Connor Racing
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
10
2006 F1 World Championship
Super Aguri F1
7 (5) 0 0 0
0% win rate
27th 0
2005 F1 World Championship
Jordan Grand Prix
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
2003 F1 World Championship
Mild Seven Renault F1
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
2003 Dallara Nissan V6 World Series
Gabord Competicion
17 (1) 4 11 9
53% win rate
1st 241
2002 Telefonica Super Nissan V6 World Series
Racing Engineering
18 3 10 4
23% win rate
2nd 204 (222)
2001 Formula Nissan Lights Championship 1st -
2000 FIA International F3000 Championship
DAMS
10 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 5
1999 FIA International F3000 Championship
DAMS
10 0 1 0
0% win rate
10th 6