Howdy Holmes

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Holmes racing at Pocono in 1984 in the #41 Jiffy Mixes car

Howdy S. Holmes (born December 14, 1947, Ann Arbor, Michigan), is a former driver in the CART Championship Car series. He began racing in the early 1970s and was based in Stockbridge, Michigan, about 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Chelsea.

He raced in the CART series for 7 seasons (1979-1980, 1982-1985, and 1988), with 72[1] career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 each of those years except 1980. He finished in the top ten 26 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in 1984 at Phoenix. He was the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the year in 1979, with a 7th place finish. In 1978, he was the Formula Atlantic champion.

Holmes is currently the President of Chelsea Milling Company, the manufacturer of Jiffy Baking Mix which was invented by his grandmother, Mabel White Holmes and who also served as his sponsor in CART.

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

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 Rank Points
1979 Armstrong Moulding PHX
ATL
ATL
INDY
7
TRE
TRE
MCH
MCH
WGL
TRE
ONT
MCH
ATL
PHX
NC -
1980 Armstrong Moulding ONT
INDY
DNQ
MIL
15
POC
8
MDO
14
MCH
11
WGL
13
MIL
ONT
Rpl1
MCH
MEX
PHX
22nd 314
1982 Doug Shierson Racing PHX
16
ATL
MIL
10
CLE
16
MCH
12
MIL
4
POC
27
RIV
16
ROA
10
MCH
5
PHX
10
13th 56
1983 Doug Shierson Racing ATL
9
INDY
6
MIL
7
CLE
12
MCH
32
ROA
16
POC
13
RIV
13
MDO
8
MCH
8
CPL
17
LAG
5
PHX
21
13th 39
1984 Mayer Racing LBH
13
PHX
2
INDY
13
MIL
7
POR
17
MEA
17
CLE
12
MCH
21
ROA
14
POC
9
MDO
6
SAN
9
MCH
8
PHX
19
LAG
20
CPL
16
12th 44
1985 Forsythe Racing LBH
14
INDY
10
MIL
11
POR
17
MEA
13
CLE
22
MCH
9
ROA
10
POC
21
MDO
16
SAN
21
MCH
18
LAG
DNS
PHX
MIA
25th 12
1988 Alex Morales Motorsports PHX
10
LBH
17
INDY
12
MIL
8
POR
16
CLE
13
TOR
11
MEA
23
MCH
23
POC
7
MDO
14
ROA
11
NAZ
14
LAG
23
MIA
8
18th 24
1 Replaced by Jerry Sneva

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1979 Wildcat Offy 13th 7th
1980 Lola Cosworth Did not Qualify
1982 March Cosworth 18th 10th
1983 March Cosworth 12th 6th
1984 March Cosworth 2nd 13th
1985 Lola Cosworth 21st 11th
1988 March Cosworth 33rd 12th

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 72 starts do not include the 1982 Indy 500, as it was not a CART race that year.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gilles Villeneuve
1977 Canadian Champion
North American Formula Atlantic
Champion

1978
Succeeded by
Tom Gloy
Preceded by
Gilles Villeneuve
1976 American Champion
Preceded by
Larry Rice
Rick Mears
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1979
Succeeded by
Tim Richmond