April 9, 1922|
|Died||September 24, 1960 (aged 38)
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Teams||Kurtis Kraft, Kuzma, Lesovsky, Nichels, Del Roy|
|First race||1953 Indianapolis 500|
|Last race||1960 Indianapolis 500|
Thomson won the 1948 UCOA New England title after winning 32 midget events. He won his second UCOA title in 1950.
He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1953-1960 seasons with 69 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in each season. He finished in the top ten 43 times, with 7 victories. His best Indy finish was third in 1959. Roy Sherman, the first National Midget Champion, was his chief mechanic for several Indy 500s.
- Thomson was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996 and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1997.
- Johnny was a contestant on Bud Collyer's "Beat The Clock".
Indy 500 results
World Championship career summary
The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Johnny Thomson participated in 8 World Championship races. He started on the pole once, set 1 fastest lead lap, and finished on the podium once, accumulating a total of 10 World Championship points.
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