Davy Jones (racing driver)

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Davy Jones
Nationality  American
Born (1964-06-01) June 1, 1964 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois

Last updated on: September 17, 2014

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
7 races run over 1 year
Best finish 46th (1995)
First race 1995 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 1995 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 (Sears Point)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
2 races run over 2 years
Best finish 95th (1995)
First race 1995 Heartland Tailgate 175 (Topeka)
Last race 1996 Lund Look 225 (Topeka
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
IndyCar Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish 22nd (1996)
First race 1996 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
Champ Car career
16 races run over 6 years
Best finish 22nd (1989)
First race 1987 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
Last race 1996 Monterey Grand Prix (Laguna Seca)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1988–1991, 1996
Teams Silk Cut Jaguar, Joest Racing
Best finish 1st (1996)
Class wins 1 (1996)

Davy Jones (born June 1, 1964 in Chicago) is an American racing driver.

Racing career[edit]

In 1983 he came 3rd in the British Formula Three Championship behind Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle. He also that year tested the Brabham F1 car at Brands Hatch with Bernie Ecclestone, the then team owner, looking at Jones as the next American hope for F1 competition. In the mid-1980s Jones competed in New Zealand Formula Atlantic during the off season and twice won the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1984 & 1987. In 1986 Jones drove for the Factory BMW McLaren Team in IMSA GTP with teammate John Andretti and earned the only BMW GTP victory that season at Watkins Glen. Jones won the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans with teammates Manuel Reuter and Alexander Wurz in a TWR-Porsche. He also placed second to Buddy Lazier in the 1996 Indianapolis 500, the first of the Indy Racing League era. He has five total starts in the race as well as 16 starts in CART from 1987 to 1996. Jones also made seven Winston Cup starts in 1995 for Jasper Motorsports with a best finish of 20th at Darlington Raceway and participated in the 1992 and 1993 editions of the International Race of Champions finishing 8th and 9th respectively. Jones won the 1990 24 Hours of Daytona driving a Jaguar XJR-12, along with Jan Lammers and Andy Wallace.[1]

Jones was seriously injured in a practice crash for the IRL race at Walt Disney World Speedway in January 1997. This was the first race where the IRL used their brand new cars with normally aspirated engines. The accident left him with an injured neck, and led to his brief retirement from racing.[2] Jones' withdrawal from the Team Joest squad to compete in the 1997 Le Mans 24 Hours allowed Tom Kristensen to take over the vacant seat, and win his first Le Mans enduro.

Jones has since then competed in sports cars, mainly in the Grand-Am Road Racing Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. He currently works as a guest speaker, racing advisor, instructor and specialises in launching new up-market vehicles.

Racing record[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1987 A.J. Foyt Enterprises United States
LBH
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
MEA
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
10
United States
POC
United States
ROA
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
NAZ
14
United States
LS
United States
MIA
13
35th 3
1989 Euromotorsport United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
7
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
United States
MEA
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
POC
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
22nd 6
1993 Euromotorsport Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
15
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
NHM
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
43rd 0
1994 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
12
United States
LBH
14
31st 1
King Racing United States
INDY
Rpl
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
1995 Dick Simon Racing United States
MIA
Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
NAZ
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
ROA
Canada
TOR
United States
CLE
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
43rd 0
1996 Galles Racing United States
MIA
Brazil
RIO
Australia
SRF
United States
LBH
United States
NAZ
United States
500
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
12
United States
MDO
16
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
14
United States
LS
14
31st 1

Indy Racing League[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
1996 Galles Racing United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
2
26th 33
1996-1997 Galles Racing United States
NHM
United States
LVS
United States
WDW
DNS
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
CLT
United States
NH2
United States
LV2
NC -
2000 Team Coulson United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
LVS
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
ATL
United States
KTY
United States
TX2
NC -

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1987 March 86C Ford Cosworth DFX 28 28 A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1989 Lola T88/00 Ford Cosworth DFX 31 7 Euromotorsport
1993 Lola T92/00 Chevrolet 265A 28 15 Euromotorsport
1994 Lola T94/00 Ford XB Raced by S. Goodyear King Racing
1995 Lola T95/00 Ford XB 32 23 Dick Simon Racing
1996 Lola T95/00 Mercedes-Benz IC108B 2 2 Galles Racing
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile DNQ Team Coulson

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series[edit]

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1988 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
United States Danny Sullivan
United States Price Cobb
Jaguar XJR-9LM C1 331 16th 14th
1989 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly
United States Jeff Kline
Jaguar XJR-9LM C1 85 DNF DNF
1990 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
France Michel Ferté
Chile Eliseo Salazar
Jaguar XJR-12 C1 282 DNF DNF
1991 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Brazil Raul Boesel
France Michel Ferté
Jaguar XJR-12 C2 360 2nd 2nd
1996 Germany Joest Racing Austria Alexander Wurz
Germany Manuel Reuter
TWR Porsche WSC-95 LMP1 354 1st 1st

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Davy Jones driver statistics at Racing-Reference
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Yannick Dalmas
J.J. Lehto
Masanori Sekiya
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1996 with:
Manuel Reuter
Alexander Wurz
Succeeded by
Michele Alboreto
Stefan Johansson
Tom Kristensen