Date of Birth: May 15th, 1982
Residence: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Race Team: Multimatic Motorsports Ford Racing
Son of experienced sports car team owner, restorer and team manager Kevin Jeannette, Gunnar first drove a race car at aged 15 in a test session at Florida’s Moroso Motorsports Park.
Gunnar made his racing debut in 1999 in historic sportscar racing at Road Atlanta. He competed at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Sebring 12 Hours, and the 24h of Le Mans in 2000. Aged 18, Gunnar was the youngest finisher in the history of the French classic.
Jeannette finished second in the GT class at Le Mans in 2001. As a factory test driver for Panoz the following year, Gunnar competed at Sebring, Le Mans, and Petit Le Mans before joining JML Team Panoz full-time in 2003. His brilliant final stint in the 2003 24h of Le Mans earned Panoz a fifth-place overall finish, third in LMP1.
In 2004, Gunnar drove the new Panoz Esperante GT car in ALMS competition, as well as contesting several Rolex Sports Car Series events. He joined Multimatic Motorsports full-time in 2005 to contest the Grand-Am Cup Championship aboard a Ford Mustang FR500C, winning at Fontana and Mosport.
Gunnar drove for Multimatic Motorsports again in 2010 in the #16 Mustang Boss 302R with Frank Montecalvo. The season was a development year for the new car, however Gunnar and Frank were able to score solid results at Mid-Ohio and Trois-Rivieres. Gunnar had an amazing year in the ALMS LMPC class in 2010, winning four times and finishing second in the championship, again co-driving with Montecalvo.
In 2011, Gunnar acted as test driver for Multimatic Motorsports as well as racing in the ALMS LMPC class. The year proved to be very successful for Gunnar, as he co-won the LMPC driver’s title and notched the team championship for Core Autosport. As lead development driver for Multimatic’s Ford Racing Focus ST-R program, Gunnar co-drove with James Gue in Grand-Am’s Continental Challenge ST class in 2012.
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