Jean Karl Vernay

Jean Karl Vernay ( born October 31, 1987 in Villeurbanne ) is a French racing driver. In 2010 he was master of the Indy Lights.


2000 Vernay began his career in karting. In 2005 he played in the French Formula Campus his first season in Formula racing and became a master of this series. In 2006, the young Frenchman in the French Formula Renault and secured the runner-up title. He also took part in two races of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. In the A1GP season 2006/2007 he went to France in a couple of races at the start. 2007 moved Vernay in the Formula 3 Euro series and was starting for Signature-Plus ninth in the overall standings. In the following season Vernay was active in the Formula 3 Euro Series and improved in the standings in eighth place. 2009 remained at Vernay Signature-Plus and denied his third season in the Formula 3 Euro Series. After he had won in the past two years not a race, he celebrated this season with two wins. At the end of the season, he finished fifth overall.

For the 2010 season Vernay moved to the Indy Lights for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. He succeeded immediately the season opener in St. Petersburg to decide for themselves. In the second race in Birmingham, he succeeded in the pole position and the fastest lap time to achieve and lead the race the most laps. This combination he succeeded in the course of the season, one more time. Overall Vernay scored in the 2010 season with five wins, all of them on the track. On the oval courses two third places were his best results. Finally, he won the championship before James Hinchcliffe. 2011 was Vernay no cockpit for a full season. He took for Pons Racing part in the second race weekend of the Formula Renault 3.5. In addition, he made his debut in the American Le Mans Series ( ALMS) and went to a race in a LMP2 car. After the season, he also completed for test drives BMW in the DTM.


Career stations

  • 2000-2004: Karting
  • 2005: French Formula Campus (Master)
  • 2006: French Formula Renault (2nd place)
  • 2007: Formula 3 Euro Series (No. 9)
  • 2008: Formula 3 Euro Series (8th place )
  • 2009: Formula 3 Euro Series ( 5th place)
  • 2010: Indy Lights (Master)
  • 2011: Formula Renault 3.5 (ranked 32)
  • 2011: ALMS LMP2
  • 2012: Porsche Carrera Cup France (Master)

Le Mans results