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Deputy of Morena and former racing driver: he is Antonio Pérez Garibay, father of 'Checo' Pérez

In the last Red Bull Racing races, Sergio Pérez has proven to be on a par with the top drivers in F1. With a decade-long career behind him, there have been many changes for Pérez. Having been a part of four teams before joining Red Bull, there has only been one entity that has remained constant throughout: his father.

From the moment ‘Checo’ Pérez got behind the wheel at the age of six, to his most recent achievements, Antonio Pérez Garibay has been an unwavering pillar of support.

But, who is Antonio Pérez Garibay? We tell you all the details.

origins and family

Antonio Pérez Garibay was born on June 11, 1959 in the lands of Jalisco with the assistance of a midwife due to his family finances and not being able to support the expenses of a doctor and hospital. He is currently a renowned Mexican deputy, but what is his story?

Antonio, during the first years of his life, he and his two brothers were fathered with the help of his mother Juanita Garibay Guerrero, since he lacked a father figure, it was not until years later that he met his father Rafael Pérez Gómez.

Among his jobs, we can highlight that of baker, bolero, taxi driver and mechanic, the latter giving him a taste for cars and giving rise to what would be the beginning of his career as a driver.

He married Marilú Mendoza, with whom he would have 3 children: Paola, who is the first woman in Mexico to manage a professional Formula 1 driver, Antonio, NASCAR champion, and Sergio, Formula 1 champion.

Pérez Garibay and motor racing

After working as a mechanic with Francisco Rodríguez del Fierro, owner of the place where he worked, he recognized his taste for cars, making his way with the help of contacts, in this way he managed to compete in Daytona and be the national champion of the Marlboro Cup in the year 1987.

His career as a driver came to an end due to a back injury in an exhibition race, giving rise to the fact that he will only continue as a representative of some other professional Mexican drivers such as Adrián Fernández and Tomás López Rocha. In addition to inheriting his great passion to his three children, granting them great championship titles.

Political career and party

Nueva Alianza was the party that prompted him to begin his political career as Years later, in 2018, with the promise of the fourth transformation and invited by Emilio Azcárraga Jean’s father-in-law, Marcos Fastlicht Sackler, with Morena’s party, he intended reach the Senate.

Currently, elected after the 2021 elections, he is a deputy for the Morena party in the state of Jalisco, concluding his appointment in July 2024.

In addition, he has always made his friendship extensive with other politicians and former presidents such as Felpe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto.

political aspirations

Garibay is considering running for governor of Guadalajara in 2024, hoping for the support of current president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Checo Pérez’s father continues to congregate with people from the media to get their support.

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