Dennis Firestone

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Dennis Firestone
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Nationality Australian Australia
Born (1944-07-22) July 22, 1944 (age 69)
Townsville, Australia)
Debut season 1979
Starts 34
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 12th in 1980
Awards
1980 CART IndyCar Rookie of the Year

Dennis Firestone (born 22 July 1944 in Townsville, Australia) is a former CART driver from 1979 to 1987. He was the Rookie of the year in CART 1980 season finishing in 12th in season points, his best season. His best finish in a CART race was a pair of 5th places that year. He made 5 starts in the Indianapolis 500 with a best finish of 10th in 1981, his next best finish being a 12th in 1984.[1] An accident at Indianapolis in 1987 resulted in a broken neck and ended his racing career. Since his driving days, he has run a California trucking company.[2]

American Open Wheel racing results[edit]

American Super Vee Championship[edit]

  • 1978 - 17th
  • 1979 - 9th
  • 1980 - 16th

USAC Mini-Indy Series[edit]

  • 1978 - 2nd
  • 1979 - 1st

USAC Gold Crown Championship[edit]

  • 1981-82 - 24th
  • 1983-84 - 15th

PPG Indycar Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1979 AMS Oil PHX
ATL
ATL
INDY
TRE
TRE
MCH
MCH
WGL
TRE
ONT
31
MCH
ATL
PHX
NC 0
1980 Scientific Drilling ONT
INDY
16
MIL
POC
30
MDO
MCH
14
WGL
MIL
ONT
6
MCH
DNS
MEX
5
PHX
5
12th 743
1981 Rhoades Racing PHX
MIL
ATL
18
ATL
MCH
RIV
MIL
MCH
WGL
MEX
PHX
44th 1
1982 BVC Racing PHX
20
ATL
MIL
CLE
MCH
MIL
POC
RIV
ROA
MCH
PHX
44th 1
1983 Simpson Sports ATL
INDY
24
MIL
CLE
MCH
ROA
POC
RIV
MDO
MCH
CPL
LAG
PHX
NC 0
1984 Hoosier Transportation LBH
PHX
INDY
12
MIL
POR
MEA
CLE
39th 1
Pace Electronics MCH
DNQ
ROA
17
POC
26
MDO
SAN
16
MCH
PHX
LAG
DNQ
CPL
21
1985 Pace Racing LBH
22
INDY
DNQ
MIL
20
POR
18
MEA
DNQ
CLE
21
MCH
11
ROA
20
POC
9
MDO
17
SAN
14
MCH
DNS
LAG
23
PHX
MIA
33rd 6
1986 Pace Racing PHX
LBH
INDY
Wth1
MIL
POR
MEA
CLE
TOR
MCH
17
POC
28
MDO
SAN
14
MCH
14
ROA
LAG
PHX
17
MIA
40th 0
1987 Raynor Garage Door LBH
21
PHX
7
INDY
DNQ
MIL
POR
MEA
CLE
TOR
MCH
POC
ROA
MDO
NAZ
LAG
MIA
31st 6
1 Wrecked after qualifying

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1980 Penske Cosworth 24th 16th
1981 Wildcat Cosworth 28th 10th
1982 Eagle Milodon 21st 27th
1983 March Cosworth 33rd 24th
1984 March Cosworth 32nd 12th
1985 March Cosworth Failed to Qualify DNQ
1986 March Cosworth Withdrew due to practice crash N/A
1987 Lola Cosworth Practice Crash DNQ

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bill Alsup
CART Rookie of the Year
1980
Succeeded by
Bob Lazier