Salvador Duran is a former racing driver from Mexico who raced the most in single-seater competitions but also gained some experience in sports car racing and stock car racing. His only championship title in a career was in the British Formula 3 Championship in 2005, when he won the Scholarship class. His greatest success in a career was a victory at Daytona 24 Hours in 2007.
During a career, he raced in A1 Grand Prix, Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Mexican NASCAR and finally in Formula E, what was his last competition in 2016.
In the open wheels racing from the start
Born in May 1985 in Mexico City, Salvador Duran started his professional career in 2002, competing in the Formula Renault Monza series. After a year spent in that competition, the Mexican moved to Formula Dodge National series, driving for Skip Barber Racing School. He did well and finished as a vice-champion after winning two of 13 races.
Combining duties at the both sides of Atlantic
Throughout his career, Duran usually competed on the both sides of Atlantic. In 2004 he returned to Europe, driving for Cram Competition team in both Formula Renault 2000 Italia and Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup. Unfortunately, Salvador failed to win a single race from 42 starts in both competitions. Luckily, the following year was much better. He entered British Formula 3 Scholarship class and won the title in a dominant way, scoring nine victories from 22 starts. At the same time, he has competed in A1 Grand Prix Series, driving for Team Mexico, where he recorded two race wins, both at Laguna Seca.
Salvador Duran, A1 Team Mexico
Salvador Duran wins at Daytona 24 Hours
The following season in A1 Grand Prix wasn’t nearly as good. Duran didn’t win a single race, and the same thing happened in the British Formula 3. In a search for success and glory, the Mexican racer continued to change racing series. In 2007, he competed in Formula Renault 3.5 Series and won one race that helped him finish 9th overall. He also combined Formula Renault duties with A1 Grand Prix. The same year, in Rolex Sports Car Series, Duran scored his biggest victory. Driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, alongside Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Pruett, he became a winner of 24 Hours of Daytona.
Salvador Duran, Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Pruett, winners of 2007 Daytona 24h
Hard times awaited Salvador Duran
Duran failed to repeat the success at Daytona in 2008, but still competed in selected A1 Grand Prix events. In Formula Renault, Salvador finished 9th in the championship and again had one win, this time at Silverstone. That was his last full season in the series and from 2009, the Mexican hardly could find permanent employment in any racing series.
Video - Salvador Duran's crash at Estoril
Spell in Mexican NASCAR and one season in Formula E
He spent some time in NASCAR Corona Series and NASCAR Toyota Series, two competitions in Mexico, but again failed to leave a deeper mark. Finally, the forming of new racing series gave a glimmer of hope to Duran. He got a chance to compete in the FIA Formula E with Amlin Aguri and raced in nine ePrixs, scoring 13 points to finish 21st overall.
He stayed in the series for the 2015/2016 campaign, with Trulli team, but when they retired from the series, Salvador returned to Team Aguri with an aim to make better results than in his rookie season. Unfortunately, that didn't happened and he lost a seat after three races.