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For other people named Jimmy Davies, see Jimmy Davies (disambiguation).
Jimmy Davies
Born (1929-08-08)August 8, 1929
Glendale, California
Died June 11, 1966(1966-06-11) (aged 36)
Chicago, Illinois
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 19501951, 19531957, 1959
Teams Kurtis Kraft, Pawl, Ewing
Entries 8 (5 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 4
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1950 Indianapolis 500
Last entry 1959 Indianapolis 500
The Kurtis 500B driven by Davies to 3rd place in the 1955 Indianapolis 500

James Richard Davies (August 8, 1929 – June 11, 1966)[1] was an American racecar driver in Champ cars and midgets. He was the second man to win three USAC National Midget Championships.[2] When Davies won the 100-mile (160 km) 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.

Midget car career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[2]

Davies also had success racing midgets (called Speedcars down under) in Australia and New Zealand during his career. He won the 1963 Australian Speedcar Grand Prix at the Sydney Showground Speedway, as well as the 1963 and 1964 South Australian Speedcar Championships at the Rowley Park Speedway in Adelaide.

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

Career award[edit]

Indy 500 results[edit]

* Shared drive with Art Cross, Johnny Parsons, Sam Hanks and Andy Linden

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1950 Pat Clancy Ewing Offenhauser L4 GBR MON 500
17
SUI BEL FRA ITA NC 0
1951 Parks Offenhauser / L.E. Parks Pawl Offenhauser L4 SUI 500
16
BEL FRA GBR GER ITA ESP NC 0
1953 Pat Clancy Kurtis Kraft 500B Offenhauser L4 ARG 500
10
NED BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA NC 0
1954 Bardahl / Ed Walsh Kurtis Kraft 4000 Offenhauser L4 ARG 500
11
BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA ESP NC 0
1955 Bardahl / Pat Clancy Kurtis Kraft 500B Offenhauser L4 ARG MON 500
3
BEL NED GBR ITA 12th 4
1956 Novi Racing Kurtis Kraft 500F Novi V8 ARG MON 500
DNQ
BEL FRA GBR GER ITA NC 0
1957 Trio Brdeact Wind Allass Kurtis Kraft 500D Offenhauser L4 ARG MON 500
DNQ
FRA GBR GER PES ITA NC 0
1959 Sumar / Chapman Root Kurtis Kraft 500G Offenhauser L4 MON 500
DNQ
NED FRA GBR GER POR ITA USA NC 0

* In 1954 Davies shared his drive with Art Cross, Johnny Parsons, Sam Hanks and Andy Linden. Davies also shared the 20th-placed car with Hanks and Jim Rathmann.* Between 1950 and 1959 the Indianapolis 500 was included as part of the Formula One World Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers – Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame Archived November 18, 2008 at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Johnnie Parsons
31 years, 330 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Youngest Race Leader,For at least one lap in Formula One
21 years, 285 days
(1951 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by
Fernando Alonso
21 years, 237 days
(2003 Malaysian GP)

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Lichfield Live

Lichfield Live
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:41:15 -0800

... England and British Lions star Tim Stimpson and comedian Jed Stone. The player of the year award for last season went to Ben Holt, most improved went to Josh Canning, young player went to Jack Dace and the clubman award went to Jimmy Davies.

Truro Daily News

Truro Daily News
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:34:27 -0800

The Elks got off on the right foot, going ahead 2-1 after the first period on goals from Jeremy Owens and Jimmy Davies. The Leafs tied the game early in the second, before James Shapleigh and Michael Anthony made it 4-2 Brookfield. The Leafs pulled ...

Mirror.co.uk

Mirror.co.uk
Thu, 16 May 2013 18:21:22 -0700

Jimmy Davies, 71, quits this month as boss of Waterloo Dock AFC, the Liverpool County Premier League club he formed 50 years ago. The veteran, confirmed by The Football Association as the longest-serving manager in England, has won 70-plus trophies.

BBC News

BBC News
Tue, 14 May 2013 12:17:22 -0700

English football's longest-serving manager is to retire at the end of the season from the club he formed with a group of friends 50 years ago. Jimmy Davies, 71, is stepping down as boss of Waterloo Dock AFC, in the Liverpool County Premier League.

York Dispatch

York Dispatch
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:33:45 -0800

The Champ Cars raced at the Grove all through the 1950s, with Troy Ruttman, Jimmy Davies, Jimmy Bryan and Jud Larson each winning twice. Paul Russo and Roger Ward each scored single wins. The Champ Cars didn't return to the Grove until 1980, when ...

Racer

Racer
Mon, 07 Sep 2015 21:07:30 -0700

In 1966, USAC suffered a staggering season as Don Branson, Jud Larson, Jimmy Davies, Chuck Rodee, Red Riegel, Dick Atkins and Ron Lux died in midget, sprint and Indy car crashes. In 2014, three high school players perished in one week. America's ...

Daily Post North Wales

Daily Post North Wales
Tue, 29 Dec 2015 21:00:15 -0800

Jimmy Davies, 59, of Towyn, was in the outside lane but managed to swerve across the inside lane to the side of the road to inspect the damage. North Wales Police officers reached the scene as at least two other drivers also hit the obstacle on ...

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Echo
Wed, 28 Oct 2015 04:12:20 -0700

A new book of stunning photos of the Liverpool dock dispute has been published to mark the twentieth anniversary of the struggle. Photographer Dave Sinclair, from Walton, shot more than 12,000 largely black-and-white images throughout the two-and-a ...
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