Dominic Dobson

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Dominic Dobson
Nationality  Germany
Born (1957-09-14) September 14, 1957 (age 56)
Stuttgart, Germany
Previous series
1985-1994
1998
CART
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

Dominic Dobson (born September 14, 1957 in Stuttgart) is a German-born former CART and Craftsman Truck Series driver who made 7 starts in the Indianapolis 500 with a best finish of 12th in 1992, over 60 starts in the CART (Championship Auto Racing Series), with a best finish of 3rd at the Michigan 500 in 1994. Dobson also drove numerous IMSA and other Sport car races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1989 in Porsche 962 alongside Jean Alesi and Will Hoy and at Daytona and Sebring, where his best finish was a 2nd place in 1990, co-driving with Sarel van der Merwe and Klaus Ludwig.

Dobson was raised in, and currently resides in, Seattle.

In the early 80's, he was an instructor at the Bob Bondurant Driving School, then based at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma. In the mid-80's, He started Zephyr Racing with Ron Nelson, another Bondurant instructor. Zephyr originally had its shops in San Rafael, CA but moved to a new facility built at Sears Point Raceway in the spring of 1985. Zephyr rented out, maintained, and provided race support for a stable of formula and sportsracing cars. Cars were rented on a race-by-race or season long basis. Zephyr's customers competed in SCCA regional and National events as well as the American City racing League.

In the late 90's he was involved in a short lived North American Touring Car Championship's Dodge Stratus factory team that ran in conjunction with CART race weekends. He also made 10 starts in the Craftsman Truck Series for Dodge in 1998 with a best finish of 17th at Texas Motor Speedway. He co-owned Ridge Gate Motion Sports with Mike Clark in the Truck Series in 1999.

From 2000 to 2003, he presided over a multi-million dollar collection of historic automobiles, primarily European post-war racecars and rare road cars called the Cavallino Collection.

He currently is Chief Development Officer for the LeMay - America's Car Museum, set to break ground in 2010 in Tacoma, WA.

Racing record[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

PPG Indycar Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1985 Leader Card Racing March 84C Ford Cosworth DFX LBH
INDY
MIL
POR
MEA
DNS
CLE
Rpl1
MCH
ROA
POC
MDO
SAN
MCH
38th 2
March 85C LAG
18
PHX
MIA
11
1986 Leader Card Racing March 86C Ford Cosworth DFX PHX
LBH
12
INDY
MIL
POR
19
MEA
11
CLE
18
TOR
16
MCH
POC
MDO
19
SAN
MCH
ROA
18
LAG
21
PHX
MIA
13
31st 3
1987 Dobson Motorsports March 86C Ford Cosworth DFX LBH
PHX
INDY
DNQ
MIL
POR
MEA
CLE
TOR
MCH
POC
ROA
MDO
NAZ
LAG
MIA
NC -
1988 Dale Coyne Racing March 86C Chevrolet V8 PHX
LBH
26
43rd 0
Dobson Motorsports Lola T87/00 Ford Cosworth DFX INDY
18
MIL
POR
21
CLE
TOR
MEA
MCH
POC
MDO
ROA
NAZ
LAG
18
MIA
1989 Bayside Disposal Racing Lola T88/00 Ford Cosworth DFX PHX
23
LBH
19
INDY
18
MIL
DET
7
POR
18
CLE
MEA
17
TOR
11
MCH
POC
MDO
ROA
NAZ
LAG
11
19th 10
1990 Bayside Disposal Racing Lola T90/00 Ford Cosworth DFS PHX
23
LBH
15
INDY
22
MIL
DET
26
POR
24
CLE
MEA
8
TOR
8
MCH
DEN
25
VAN
11
MDO
ROA
19
NAZ
LAG
20
19th 12
1991 Burns Racing Lola T89/00 Judd AV SRF
LBH
PHX
INDY
13
MIL
DET
POR
CLE
MEA
TOR
MCH
DEN
VAN
MDO
ROA
NAZ
LAG
33rd 0
1992 Burns Racing Lola T91/00 Chevrolet 265A SRF
PHX
LBH
INDY
12
DET
POR
MIL
NHA
TOR
MCH
CLE
ROA
VAN
MDO
NAZ
LAG
35th 1
1993 Burns Racing Galmer G92B Chevrolet 265A SRF
PHX
LBH
INDY
23
MIL
DET
POR
CLE
TOR
MCH
NHA
ROA
39th 0
PacWest Racing VAN
14
MDO
DNQ
NAZ
LAG
18
1994 PacWest Racing Lola T94/00 Ford XB SRF
12
PHX
24
LBH
17
INDY
29
MIL
13
DET
25
POR
17
CLE
25
TOR
11
MCH
3
MDO
15
NHA
6
VAN
19
ROA
11
NAZ
19
LAG
10
18th 30
1995 PacWest Racing Reynard 94I Ford XB MIA
SRF
PHX
LBH
NAZ
INDY
Wth2
MIL
DET
POR
ROA
TOR
CLE
MCH
MDO
NHA
VAN
LAG
NC -
1 Replaced by Phil Krueger
2 Did not appear

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1987 March 86C Ford Cosworth DFX DNQ Dobson Motorsports
1988 Lola T87/00 Ford Cosworth DFX 21 18 Dobson Motorsports
1989 Lola T88/00 Ford Cosworth DFX 29 18 Bayside Disposal Racing
1990 Lola T90/00 Ford Cosworth DFS 11 22 Bayside Disposal Racing
1991 Lola T89/00 Judd AV 30 13 Burns Racing
1992 Lola T91/00 Chevrolet 265A 29 12 Burns Racing
1993 Galmer G92B Chevrolet 265A 27 23 Burns Racing
1994 Lola T94/00 Ford XB 12 29 PacWest Racing
1995 Reynard 94I Ford XB Wth PacWest Racing

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1989 Australia Team Schuppan United Kingdom Will Hoy
France Jean Alesi
Porsche 962C C1 69 DNF DNF

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