Andreas Wirth

From an early age, racing has been Andreas Wirth’s passion. He got his first taste for Formula cars in the German Formula Ford Series in 2001 where he quickly captured second place in his rookie year. The following two years found Wirth competing in the German Formula BMW Series where top-five finishes were the norm. In 2004 Andreas moved to North America and won the inaugural Formula BMW North America Championship, recording podium finishes in 11 of the 14 events. During his rookie season in the Toyota Atlantic Championship in 2005, Wirth was 2nd in the point standings, when he was sidelined for the rest of the season by an unfortunate accident in practice at the penultimate race of the season. 

In 2006 Andreas returned to the Champ Car Atlantic Series with Forsythe Championship Racing where he finished 3rd overall. At the end of the Atlantics Season he immediately made his debut in the Champ Car World Series with Dale Coyne Racing where he proudly finished in ninth place on one of the most difficult tracks on the schedule - Surfer’s Paradise Australia. Wirth tested the then-new Panoz DP01 Champ Car in 2007 and remained on the roster with Dale Coyne as reserve driver. 

Returning home to Germany in 2007 Wirth dabbled with the idea of joining the sports-car racing ranks and tested in 2008 with Audi in the DTM. 2008 was also the year that Andreas found his way to test with Panoz Team PTG, and was thrilled to participate in the Petit LeMans. 

2009 marked the beginning of a new journey for Wirth, and since then he has been racing “tin-tops” in Europe, developing cars for BMW ALPINA, Mercedes and Callaway Competition Corvette in series such as; ADAC GT Masters, VLN, and the FIA GT3 European Championship. He’s also earned the privilege to compete in the 24 Hour race of the infamous Nürburgring, 24 Hours of Dubai and the Blancpain Sprint Series Baku World Challenge. 

Andreas is thrilled to be back again with Dr. Panoz and his team in 2016 to test the Panoz DWC13 DeltaWing Race Car at the Roar Before the 24 Hours of Daytona, and is honored to have been invited to compete with the team in the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona this year.