Jimmy Bryan

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Jimmy Bryan
Born (1926-01-28)January 28, 1926
Died June 19, 1960(1960-06-19) (aged 34)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 19511960
Teams Kuzma, Epperly, Kurtis Kraft, Schroeder, Lesovsky
Races 10 (9 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 1
Podiums 3
Career points 18
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1951 Indianapolis 500
First win 1958 Indianapolis 500
Last win 1958 Indianapolis 500
Last race 1960 Indianapolis 500

James Ernest Bryan (January 28, 1926 – June 19, 1960) was an American racecar driver who won the 1958 Indianapolis 500. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Bryan died as a result of injuries sustained in a champ car race at Langhorne Speedway.

Career[edit]

He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1952–1960 seasons with 72 starts, including each year's Indianapolis 500 race. He finished in the top ten 54 times, with 23 victories.

Jimmy Bryan's Kuzma-Offenhauser, known as the Dean Van Lines Special

Bryan won the 1958 Indianapolis 500 and the 1954 AAA and 1956 and 1957 USAC National Championship. During his 1957 championship season, Bryan also won the inaugural running of the Race of Two Worlds at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy.[1]

He died after a crash in a Champ car race at Langhorne Speedway in 1960, on the same day that two drivers were killed in the Belgian Grand Prix, making the day one of the most tragic in racing history. For many years one of the two championship races at the Phoenix International Raceway was a memorial race dedicated to Bryan.

Awards[edit]

The trophy awarded to Jimmy Bryan for winning the 1957 running of the Race of Two Worlds on display at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

Indy 500 results[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1951 Viking Trailer Lesovsky Offenhauser L4 SUI
500
DNQ
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
ESP
NC 0
1952 Peter Schmidt Kurtis Kraft 3000 Offenhauser L4 SUI
500
6
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
NED
ITA
NC 0
1953 Blakely Oil Schroeder Offenhauser L4 ARG
500
14
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
ITA
NC 0
1954 Dean Van Lines Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG
500
2
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
ITA
ESP
10th 6
1955 Dean Van Lines Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG
MON
500
24
BEL
NED
GBR
ITA
NC 0
1956 Dean Van Lines Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG
MON
500
19
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
NC 0
1957 Dean Van Lines Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG
MON
500
3
FRA
GBR
GER
PES
ITA
16th 4
1958 Belond AP / George Salih Epperly Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG
MON
NED
500
1
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
MOR
13th 8
1959 Belond AP / George Salih Epperly Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 MON
500
33
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
USA
NC 0
1960 Metal-Cal Epperly Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG
MON
500
19
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
POR
ITA
USA
NC 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1957 Race of Two Worlds Monza on YouTube
  2. ^ Jimmy Bryan Indy 500 Race Stats

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Sam Hanks
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1958
Succeeded by
Rodger Ward