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Dennis Firestone : biography

22 July 1944 -

Dennis Firestone (born 22 July 1944 in Townsville, Australia) is a former CART driver from 1979 to 1987. He was the Rookie of the year in CART 1980 season finishing in 12th in season points, his best season. His best finish in a CART race was a pair of 5th places that year. He made 5 starts in the Indianapolis 500 with a best finish of 10th in 1981, his next best finish being a 12th in 1984. An accident at Indianapolis in 1987 resulted in a broken neck and ended his racing career. Since his driving days, he has run a California trucking company.

American Open Wheel racing results

American Super Vee Championship

  • 1978 - 17th
  • 1979 - 9th
  • 1980 - 16th

USAC Mini-Indy Series

  • 1978 - 2nd
  • 1979 - 1st

USAC Gold Crown Championship

  • 1981-82 - 24th
  • 1983-84 - 15th

PPG Indycar Series

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1979 AMS Oil PHX ATL ATL INDY TRE TRE MCH MCH WGL TRE ONT31 MCH ATL PHX NC 0
1980 Scientific Drilling ONT INDY16 MIL POC30 MDO MCH14 WGL MIL ONT6 MCHDNS MEX5 PHX5 12th 743
1981 Rhoades Racing PHX MIL ATL18 ATL MCH RIV MIL MCH WGL MEX PHX 44th 1
1982 BVC Racing PHX20 ATL MIL CLE MCH MIL POC RIV ROA MCH PHX 44th 1
1983 Simpson Sports ATL INDY24 MIL CLE MCH ROA POC RIV MDO MCH CPL LAG PHX NC 0
1984 Hoosier Transportation LBH PHX INDY12 MIL POR MEA CLE 39th 1
Pace Electronics MCHDNQ ROA17 POC26 MDO SAN16 MCH PHX LAGDNQ CPL21
1985 Pace Racing LBH22 INDYDNQ MIL20 POR18 MEADNQ CLE21 MCH11 ROA20 POC9 MDO17 SAN14 MCHDNS LAG23 PHX MIA 33rd 6
1986 Pace Racing PHX LBH INDYWth1 MIL POR MEA CLE TOR MCH17 POC28 MDO SAN14 MCH14 ROA LAG PHX17 MIA 40th 0
1987 Raynor Garage Door LBH21 PHX7 INDYDNQ MIL POR MEA CLE TOR MCH POC ROA MDO NAZ LAG MIA 31st 6
1 Wrecked after qualifying

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1980 Penske Cosworth 24th 16th
1981 Wildcat Cosworth 28th 10th
1982 Eagle Milodon 21st 27th
1983 March Cosworth 33rd 24th
1984 March Cosworth 32nd 12th
1985 March Cosworth Failed to Qualify DNQ
1986 March Cosworth Withdrew due to practice crash N/A
1987 Lola Cosworth Practice Crash DNQ
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