David Hobbs (racing driver)
9 June 1939 |
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1967–1968, 1971, 1974|
|Teams||BRM, Honda, McLaren|
|First race||1967 British Grand Prix|
|Last race||1974 Italian Grand Prix|
|24 Hours of Le Mans career|
|Participating years||1962–72, 1979, 1981–85, 1987–89|
|Teams||Team Lotus Engineering
Lola Cars Ltd
John Wyer Automotive
Roger Penske/Kirk F. White
Grand Touring Cars/Ford France
John Fitzpatrick Racing
Richard Lloyd Racing
|Best finish||3rd (1969, 1984)|
|Class wins||1 (1982)|
David Wishart Hobbs (born 9 June 1939 in Royal Leamington Spa, England) is a British former racing driver. Originally employed as a commentator for the Speed Channel, he currently works as a commentator for NBC and NBC Sports Network. In 1969 Hobbs was included in the FIA list of graded drivers, an élite group of 27 drivers who by their achievements were rated the best in the world.
Hobbs currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, Margaret, with whom he has two sons, Gregory and Guy. In 1986, Hobbs opened a car dealership, David Hobbs Honda, in Glendale, Wisconsin, which continues to exist today, and for which personally voices advertisements. His youngest son, Guy, worked for Speed as a pit reporter on their sports car coverage. Hobbs was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009.
Hobbs was born just months before the outbreak of World War II, and has a vast, 30-year history of international driving experience at all levels of motor sports, including sports cars, touring cars, Indy cars, IMSA, Can-Am and Formula One. He has participated in the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona. He made twenty starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, finishing in 8th place at the first attempt in 1962, following with a pole position and a best finish of third (in 1969 and 1984) to his credit.
In 1971 Hobbs won the U.S. Formula 5000 L&M Continental Series championship driving for Carl Hogan out of St. Louis, Missouri, in a McLaren M10B-Chevrolet. He won five of the eight rounds that year at Laguna Seca, Seattle, Road America (Elkhart Lake), Edmonton and Lime Rock. Twelve years later, he would claim the 1983 Trans-Am Series championship as well. He also made two NASCAR Winston Cup starts in 1976, including leading two laps at the 1976 Daytona 500  and drove a race in the 1979 International Race of Champions.
Hobbs provides commentary for Formula One and GP2 races (alongside Leigh Diffey and former Benetton mechanic Steve Matchett), the SCCA Valvoline runoffs, and parts of the 24 Hours of Daytona. He has also worked for CBS on its Daytona 500 coverage, working as both a color commentator and a feature/pit reporter from 1979 until 1995, and then moved to Speed in 1996 working as a color commentator and then moved to NBC Sports Network in 2013.
David Hobbs appeared in the 1983 comedy film Stroker Ace, playing a TV race announcer. Hobbs appeared in the Cars 2 movie, which premiered in June 2011, as announcer "David Hobbscap", a 1963 Jaguar from Hobbs' real life hometown in England.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1967||Bernard White Racing||BRM P261||BRM P60 2.1 V8||RSA||MON||NED||BEL||FRA||GBR
|Lola Cars||Lola T100||BMW M10 2.0 L4||GER
|1968||Honda Racing F1||Honda RA301||Honda RA301E 3.0 V12||RSA||ESP||MON||BEL||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||ITA
|1971||Penske-White Racing||McLaren M19A||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8||RSA||ESP||MON||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||AUT||ITA||CAN||USA
|1974||Yardley Team McLaren||McLaren M23||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8||ARG||BRA||RSA||ESP||BEL||MON||SWE||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||AUT
‡ indicates an entry with an F2 car.
Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results
Indy 500 results
- FIA Year Book of Automobile Sport 1975. Patrick Stephens Ltd. white p. 37. ISBN 0-85059-195-3.
- H. H. Pitt and M. N. Wicks, The Pitt Family of Payneham (Adelaide, 1977)
- F.I.A. Year Book of Automobile Sport, P.S.L. Publications Limited., London, 1969.
- "The Class of 2009". AutoWeek (Detroit, Michigan: Crain Communications) 59 (17): 62. August 24, 2009. ISSN 0192-9674.
- Trenton Evening Times, September 7, 1971, Page 37.
- David Hobbs 1976 Winston Cup Results – Racing-Reference.info
- Hobbs, David (September 2012). "In Racing, Broadcasting: Timing is Everything". Road & Track 64 (1): 94.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to David Hobbs.|
- SpeedTV bio
- David Hobbs Honda
- Stats from David Hobbs' IROC and NASCAR careers on racing-reference.info
- David Hobbs - Test Driver Jaguar XJ13 - Building the Legend
|US Formula A/F5000