August 8, 1929|
|Died||June 11, 1966
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1950–1951, 1953–1957, 1959|
|Teams||Kurtis Kraft, Pawl, Ewing|
|Entries||8 (5 starts)|
|First entry||1950 Indianapolis 500|
|Last entry||1959 Indianapolis 500|
James Richard 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. 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
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. 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.
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.
Indy 500 results
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1950||Pat Clancy||Ewing||Offenhauser L4||GBR||MON||500
|1951||Parks Offenhauser / L.E. Parks||Pawl||Offenhauser L4||SUI||500
|1953||Pat Clancy||Kurtis Kraft 500B||Offenhauser L4||ARG||500
|1954||Bardahl / Ed Walsh||Kurtis Kraft 4000||Offenhauser L4||ARG||500
|1955||Bardahl / Pat Clancy||Kurtis Kraft 500B||Offenhauser L4||ARG||MON||500
|1956||Novi Racing||Kurtis Kraft 500F||Novi V8||ARG||MON||500
|1957||Trio Brdeact Wind Allass||Kurtis Kraft 500D||Offenhauser L4||ARG||MON||500
|1959||Sumar / Chapman Root||Kurtis Kraft 500G||Offenhauser L4||MON||500
* 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.
- Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers – Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
- Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame Archived November 18, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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)
21 years, 237 days
(2003 Malaysian GP)