Jeff Ward (racing driver)

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Ward in 2007

Jeff Ward (born June 22, 1961 in Glasgow, Scotland of Scottish parents) is a Scottish racing driver. He is the first motocross rider in history to win every major AMA motocross national championship. Nicknamed 'The Flying Freckle', throughout his motocross career Ward stayed loyal to the Kawasaki brand and retired from motocross with seven national titles, 56 national race wins and having represented the USA 7 times on Motocross Des Nations winning teams.

Following his motocross career, Ward moved to racing cars in the Indy Racing League. Ward finished 6th in series points in 1998, and won the 2002 race at Texas Motor Speedway. He established a solid reputation at the prestigious Indianapolis 500: he was 1997 Rookie of the Year with a third place finish[1] and garnered four top five finishes in just seven starts.

He has 4 children: Brandon, Ayrton, Alain, and Siena. He is now racing short course off road trucks in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for the Speed Technologies team. He also ran in the Stadium Super Trucks,[2] finishing 10th in the inaugural race at University of Phoenix Stadium.[3]

Awards[edit]

AMA Motocross / Supermoto Accomplishments[edit]

  • 1984—Won AMA 125cc national motocross title.
  • 1985—Won AMA national 250cc motocross and Supercross titles.
  • 1987—Won second AMA national 250cc Supercross championship.
  • 1988—Captured second AMA national 250cc motocross title.
  • 1989—Won AMA national 500cc motocross championship to become first rider in history to win every major AMA national motocross title.
  • 1990—Won second consecutive AMA national 500cc motocross championship.
  • 2004—Won AMA Supermoto Championship at 43 years of age.
  • 2006—Won X-Games Supermoto Championship at 45 years of age.
  • 2006—Won AMA Supermoto Championship (second title)
  • 2008—Won X-Games Supermoto Championship at 47 years of age (second title).

Indy Racing League Accomplishments[edit]

  • 1997—Finished third at Indianapolis 500 in maiden effort, finished 30th in IRL season point standings.
  • 1998—Earned career-first pole position at Phoenix IRL race, four top five finishes, finished career-best 6th in IRL season point standings.
  • 1999—Finished career-best second at Indianapolis 500, three top five finishes, finished 11th in IRL season point standings.
  • 2000—Finished fourth at Indianapolis 500, two top five finishes, finished 11th in IRL season point standings.
  • 2001—Two top five finishes, finished 11th in IRL season point standings.
  • 2002—Winner of Boomtown 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, finished ninth at Indianapolis 500, two top five finishes, finished 11th in IRL season point standings.

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Accomplishments[edit]

  • 2009—Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Rookie of the Year
  • 2009—Dirt Sports Rookie of the Year
  • 2009—2nd Place in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Championship, behind by 1 point

Racing record[edit]

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key)

IndyCar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1996-1997 Galles United States
NHM
United States
LVS
United States
WDW
16
United States
PHX
            30th 69
Cheever         United States
INDY
3
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
CLT
United States
NH2
 
Sinden/ISM                   United States
LV2
17
1998 ISM United States
WDW
2
United States
PHX
5
United States
INDY
13
United States
TXS
17
United States
NHM
22
United States
DOV
19
United States
CLT
2
United States
PPIR
20
United States
ATL
6
United States
TX2
3
United States
LVS
21
6th 252
1999 ISM United States
WDW
3
                  11th 206
Pagan   United States
PHX
2
United States
CLT
C
United States
INDY
2
United States
TXS
18
United States
PPIR
9
United States
ATL
26
United States
DOV
13
United States
PPI2
23
United States
LVS
10
United States
TX2
21
2000 Foyt United States
WDW
7
United States
PHX
11
United States
LVS
21
United States
INDY
4
United States
TXS
19
United States
PPIR
15
United States
ATL
19
United States
KTY
6
United States
TX2
8
11th 176
2001 Heritage United States
PHX
7
United States
HMS
5
United States
ATL
7
United States
INDY
24
United States
TXS
16
United States
PPIR
12
United States
RIR
8
United States
KAN
Wth
United States
NSH
20
United States
KTY
10
United States
STL
7
United States
CHI
4
United States
TX2
24
11th 238
2002 Ganassi United States
HMS
4
United States
PHX
18
United States
FON
10
United States
NZR
19
United States
INDY
9
United States
TXS
1
United States
PPIR
20
United States
RIR
8
United States
KAN
12
United States
NSH
11
United States
MIS
25
United States
KTY
16
United States
STL
13
United States
CHI
21
United States
TX2
25
11th 268
2005 Vision United States
HMS
United States
PHX
United States
STP
Japan
MOT
United States
INDY
27
United States
TXS
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIL
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
PPIR
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
WGL
United States
FON
35th 10

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1995 Lola Ford-Cosworth Failed to Qualify Arizona
1997 G-Force Oldsmobile 7th 3rd Cheever
1998 G-Force Oldsmobile 27th 13th Team Tabasco
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile 14th 2nd Pagan
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile 6th 4th Foyt
2001 G-Force Oldsmobile 8th 24th Heritage
2002 G-Force Chevrolet 15th 9th Ganassi
2005 Dallara Toyota 31st 27th Vision

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tony Stewart
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1997
Succeeded by
Steve Knapp