Daniel Muniz

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02 Mar 1947
Mexico City



CART/IRL years:

CART (1980)

Primarily in sportscars, as well as spells in Trans-Am and Formula Atlantic, before he entered his home event for his CART one-off. A tall man, which affected single-seater drives a little, Muniz's greatest success was winning a round of the 1972 IMSA Championship with fellow countryman Juan Izquierdo at the Alamo 200 held at the Texas World Speedway. At the time, Muniz was still a student at college. Their win was even more impressive as they they had no rain tyres despite the track being wet, and they had a problem with their gearbox. Daniel also raced at the Daytona 24 Hours frequently. Muniz, whose full family name is Muniz Rizo, also teamed up with Gustavo Hellmund to promote motorsport in Mexico City and was very influential in getting the CART race in Mexico which he appeared at in 1980. He founded the ANPAC driver's association in Mexico and arguably, most importantly, through his links in politics and as a promoter, he persuaded the local government to keep the racing track which is now used today for the new version of the Mexican Grand Prix.

Biography last updated 12 May 2016