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Carlos Sainz
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Sainz in 2014.
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Nationality Spain Spanish
Born 12 April 1962 (1962-04-12) (age 59)
Madrid, Spain
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1987–2005
Co-driver Spain Luis Moya
Spain Marc Martí
Teams Ford, Toyota, Lancia, Subaru, Citroën
Rallies 196
Championships 2 (1990, 1992)
Rally wins 26
Podiums 97
Stage wins 757
Total points 1,242
First rally 1987 Rally Portugal
First win 1990 Acropolis Rally
Last win 2004 Rally Argentina
Last rally 2005 Acropolis Rally

Carlos Sainz Cenamor (born 12 April 1962) is a Spanish rally driver. He won the World Rally Championship drivers' title with Toyota in 1990 and 1992, and finished runner-up four times. Constructors' world champions to have benefited from Sainz are Subaru (1995), Toyota (1999) and Citroën (2003, 2004 and 2005). In the 2018 season he was one of the official drivers of the Team Peugeot Total. He received the Princess of Asturias Sports Award in 2020.

Nicknamed El Matador, Sainz previously held the WRC record for most career starts until Finnish co-driver Miikka Anttila broke the record. He was also the first non-Nordic driver to win the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland. He came close to repeating the feat at the Swedish Rally finishing second four times and third twice. Besides WRC successes, he has won the Dakar Rally (2010, 2018, 2020), the Race of Champions (1997) and the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (1990). His co-drivers were Antonio Boto, Luís Moya, Marc Martí and Lucas Cruz.

His son, Carlos Sainz Jr., born on 1 September 1994, is also a professional racing driver, currently competing for Scuderia Ferrari in Formula One. He also has an older brother named Antonio Sainz, born on December 10, 1957, who was also a rally driver.

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