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Wade Cunningham

Full Name:
Wade Grant Cunningham
19th August 1984 (Age 36)
Auckland, North Island
New Zealander
Most recent race (in database):

Wade Cunningham became New Zealand's first World Karting Champion when he won the Formula Super A title in 2003. He immediately graduated to cars and finished fifth in the 2004 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship – a rare campaign spent in his homeland so far.

Indy Lights

The 20-year-old moved to America in 2005 to race in Infiniti-Pro (now known as Indy Lights). That was with a Team New Zealand-entered car and Cunningham finished in the top three in all but four races. He also won the final round at Fontana’s California Speedway to clinch the championship in his rookie campaign.

He moved to veteran team owner Brian Stewart’s concern to defend his title and won the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis from pole position. Despite two further victories, Cunningham was only third in the standings and he repeated that position for AFS Racing in 2007. After a winless partial season in 2008, he won races for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2009 and 2010 (including the Indianapolis support race for a third time).

Indycar graduation

Cunningham finally made his Indycar debut by entering four races during 2011 with Schmidt’s Dallara IR4-Honda. However, he was involved in the accident at Las Vegas that cost Dan Wheldon his life.

Retiring from the 2012 Indianapolis 500 when entered by A.J.Foyt Enterprises, he returned to the team for the final round at Fontana to replace Mike Conway. He finished in 14th position.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2012 IZOD IndyCar Series
AJ Foyt Racing
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
28th 29
2011 IZOD IndyCar Series
Sam Schmidt Motorsports
3 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
37th 36
2010 IRL Firestone Indy Lights Series
Sam Schmidt Motorsports
2 0 2 1
50% win rate
15th 87
2009 IRL Firestone Indy Lights Series
Sam Schmidt Motorsports
15 2 4 2
14% win rate
4th 416
2008 IRL Firestone Indy Lights Series
Alliance Motorsports
Brian Stewart Racing
Integra Motorsports
7 0 2 0
0% win rate
19th 169
2007 IRL IndyPro Series
AFS Racing
16 2 6 1
7% win rate
3rd 423
2006 IRL IndyPro Series
Brian Stewart Racing
10 4 6 3
30% win rate
3rd 379
2005 IRL Menard's Infiniti Pro-Series
Brian Stewart Racing
14 1 10 1
8% win rate
1st 504 (519)