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Jimmy Davies : biography

August 18, 1929 - June 11, 1966

The Kurtis 500B driven by Davies to 3rd place in the [[1955 Indianapolis 500]] Jimmy Davies (August 8, 1929 – June 11, 1966) was an American racecar driver in Champ cars and midgets. He was the second man to win three USAC National Midget Championships. at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame When Davies won the AAA Championship race at Del Mar, California on November 6, 1949 – aged 20 years, 2 months, 29 days, he became the youngest driver to win a race in a major U.S. open wheel series, a record not broken until Marco Andretti won the IRL race at Sonoma, California in 2006. Davies raced AAA on a false birth certificate showing him older, (as did Troy Ruttman and Jim Rathmann), and was racing illegally.

Career award

  • Inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1984.

Midget car career

In 1960 he won the USAC Pacific Coast Midget title as well as the National Midget Championship. He repeated as National Midget champion in 1961 and 1962. He won 46 feature events in the midgets in his career. He traveled to Australia in 1961 and 1962, where he competed against Bob Tattersall. Davies won the Night Before The 500 midget race three times, in 1960 and 1961 at Kokomo Speedway, and next year at the Indianapolis Speedrome. Davies' midget car was stolen but was recovered a year later when a driver was killed in it at Sacramento. Davies recognized the car in the newspaper photos of the wreck.

He died on June 11, 1966 aged 36 from injuries suffered in a midget crash at Santa Fe Speedway in Chicago.

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1950 Pat Clancy Ewing Offenhauser L4 GBR MON 50017 SUI BEL FRA ITA NC 0
1951 Parks Offenhauser / L.E. Parks Pawl Offenhauser L4 SUI 50016 BEL FRA GBR GER ITA ESP NC 0
1953 Pat Clancy Kurtis Kraft 500B Offenhauser L4 ARG 50010 NED BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA NC 0
1954 Bardahl / Ed Walsh Kurtis Kraft 4000 Offenhauser L4 ARG 50011 * BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA ESP NC 0
1955 Bardahl / Pat Clancy Kurtis Kraft 500B Offenhauser L4 ARG MON 5003 BEL NED GBR ITA 12th 4
1956 Novi Racing Kurtis Kraft 500F Novi V8 ARG MON 500DNQ BEL FRA GBR GER ITA NC 0
1957 Trio Brdeact Wind Allass Kurtis Kraft 500D Offenhauser L4 ARG MON 500DNQ FRA GBR GER PES ITA NC 0
1959 Sumar / Chapman Root Kurtis Kraft 500G Offenhauser L4 MON 500DNQ NED FRA GBR GER POR ITA USA NC 0
* Indicates shared drive with Art Cross, Johnny Parsons, Sam Hanks and Andy Linden. Davies also shared the 20th-placed car with Hanks and Jim Rathmann.

Indy 500 results

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1950 22 27 130.402 23 17 128 0 Flagged
1951 76 27 133.516 17 16 110 25 Rear end
1953 53 32 135.262 32 10 193 0 Flagged
1954 1 - - - 11* ? ? Running
1955 15 10 140.274 5 3 200 0 Running
Totals 631 25
Starts 5
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 1
Top 10 2
Retired 1
  • Shared drive with Art Cross, Johnny Parsons, Sam Hanks and Andy Linden
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