Mark Smith (American racing driver)

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Mark Smith
Mark Smith racing driver CART 1200 px.jpg
Nationality  United States
Born (1967-04-10) April 10, 1967 (age 47)
Portland, Oregon
Retired 1994
CART Championship Car
Years active 1993-1994
Teams Arciero Racing
Walker Racing
Starts 26
Previous series
1988 -1989
1989
1990 -1992
Formula Super Vee
Formula Pacific
Indy Lights
Championship titles
1989 Formula Super Vee
Awards
1989
1990
Formula Pacific Rookie Award[1]
Indy Lights Rookie of the Year
Formula Super Vee: Smith leading Groff at the 1988 Grand Prix of Cleveland
Indy Lights: Smith qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway 1991
CART: Smith driving for Arciero at the 1993 Long Beach Grand Prix

Mark Smith (born April 10, 1967) is an American racing driver. Now retired, he competed in the CART IndyCar Series.

Career[edit]

born in Portland, Oregon. Smith entered karting competition at the age of 14 and won 6 championships in multiple IKF divisions.[2] In 1985 he moved up to Formula Ford scoring 4 race wins in two seasons and then advanced to Formula Super Vee.[2]

After winning the 1989 United States Formula Super Vee Championship[3] with 5 wins and 4 poles,[4] Mark raced in Indy Lights from 1990 to 1992, finishing 3rd in series points his rookie year,[5] and 2nd in 1991[6] capturing 3 wins and 5 poles along the way [2].

In 1993 Mark moved up to the CART Indy Car Series racing primarily on road and street circuits for Arciero Racing. Smith qualified twice for the 1993 Indianapolis 500 but was bumped from the field.[7] His second bumping at the hands of Didier Theys happened just 6 minutes before the end of qualifications that year, an outcome that added to the Speedway myth about The Curse of the Smiths.[8] Mark qualified for the 1994 Indianapolis 500 and was bumped from the field by Bobby Rahal. With 14 minutes remaining Smith made a bold attempt to qualify an ill-handling T93 Lola back-up car. His warm up lap of 221.8 mph was fast enough to make the race. On the following lap he crashed heavily into turn two.[9]

Smith's best Indy Car finish was a 5th place at the 1994 Michigan 500.

Racing record[edit]

Formula Super Vee[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
1988 Dave White Motorsports United States
PHX
Ret
United States
LBH
5
United States
DAL
6
United States
IRP
6
United States
MIL
6
United States
DET
Ret
United States
NIA
7
United States
CLE
5
United States
MEA
1
United States
MDO
10
United States
ROA
2
United States
NAZ
5
United States
STP
Ret
6th 108[10]
1989 Ralt of America United States
PHX
4
United States
DAL
3
United States
IRP
1*
United States
MIL
1*
United States
CLE
3
United States
DEM
1
United States
ATL
1*
United States
MDO
1*
United States
ROA
4
United States
NAZ
Ret
United States
STP
3
1st 169[11]

Formula Pacific[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
1989 Graeme Lawrence Autosport New Zealand
BAY
4
New Zealand
BAY
3
New Zealand
PUK
3
New Zealand
PUK
3
New Zealand
MAN
3
New Zealand
MAN
2
New Zealand
WIG
Ret
New Zealand
WIG
2
New Zealand
TIM
4
New Zealand
TIM
2
4th 39[12]

CART Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
1990 Ralt of America United States
PHX
2
United States
LBH
2
United States
MIL
9
United States
DET
11
United States
POR
6
United States
CLE
4
United States
MEA
10
Canada
TOR
6
United States
DEN
9
Canada
VAN
2
United States
MDO
9
United States
ROA
3
United States
NAZ
5
United States
LS
5
3rd 128
1991 Evergreen United States
LBH
4
United States
PHX
2*
United States
MIL
7
United States
DET
6
United States
POR
3
United States
CLE
1*
United States
MEA
5
Canada
TOR
5
United States
DEN
4
United States
MDO
2
United States
NAZ
8
United States
LS
1*
2nd 155
1992 Evergreen United States
PHX
7
United States
LBH
11
United States
DET
3
United States
POR
Ret
United States
MIL
5
United States
LOU
11
Canada
TOR
9
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
VAN
1
United States
MDO
7
United States
NAZ
5
United States
LS
Ret
7th 74

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1993 Arciero Australia
SRF
18
United States
PHX
9
United States
LBH
10
United States
IND
DNQ
United States
MIL
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
Ret
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIC
United States
NHA
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
NAZ
12
United States
LS
17
22nd 8
1994 Walker Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
DNS
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
IND
DNQ
United States
MIL
24
United States
DET
14
United States
POR
16
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIC
5
United States
MDO
20
United States
NHA
12
Canada
VAN
8
United States
ROA
Ret
United States
NAZ
12
United States
LS
14
19th 17

Film and photography[edit]

Smith has produced a number of short films including Denmark and A House, A Home.[13][14] He is the co-author of two photography books The Powder Road and Osterlandet.[15][16] Smith is a graduate of University of Oregon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ *Dealey, Arley (March 9, 1989). "Peter Jackson Formula Pacific Championship Rounds 9 & 10". On Track Auto Racing Magazine (USA): 43. 
  2. ^ a b Portland's Indy Car Future (June 22, 1990). Portland International Raceway Official Program (USA): 85, retrieved December 10, 2011
  3. ^ *Philips, David (December 14, 1989). "Marching Ahead". On Track Auto Racing Magazine (Volume 9, No. 24 ed.) (USA): 21. 
  4. ^ *Phillips, David (December 14, 1989). "Mark of the Future". On Track Auto Racing Magazine (Volume 9, No. 24 ed.) (USA): 22–26. 
  5. ^ *Shaw, Jeremy (December 13, 1990). "Tracy's Racing Series". On Track Auto Racing Magazine (Volume 10, No. 24 ed.) (USA): 38–40, 42–43. 
  6. ^ *Shaw, Jeremy (December 13, 1991). "Rolling with the Punches". On Track Auto Racing Magazine; Volume 10, No. 24 (Volume 11, No. 24 ed.) (USA): 36–40. 
  7. ^ *Indy Hell Week. On Track Magazine, June 18th, 1993. Retrieved on November 14, 2011.
  8. ^ Mittman, Dick. 'Curse Of The Smiths' Remains Part Of Indianapolis 500 Lore, Indy500.com, November 4, 2004
  9. ^ *Tuttle, Tim (June 17th, 1994). Time Trials: Chasing Shadows. Retrieved on November 14, 2011.
  10. ^ *Phillips, David (December 12, 1988). "All the Answers (1988 Super Vee Season Review)". On Track Auto Racing Magazine (USA): 34–39. 
  11. ^ *Phillips, David (January 1990). "True To Form (1989 Super Vee Season Review)". On Track Auto Racing Magazine (USA): 42–45. 
  12. ^ *Dealey, Arley (February 9, 1989-March 9, 1989). "Peter Jackson Formula Pacific Championship". On Track Auto Racing Magazine (USA): 35(2/9/89), 37(2/9/89), 18(2/23/89), 20(2/23/89), 42(3/9/89). 
  13. ^ Cusick, Dave. "Exclusive Video Premiere: Alialujah Choir's "A House, A Home"". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  14. ^ White, Ryan. "Portland's Alialujah Choir sings praises of no-stress work ethic". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Powder Road: Beautiful". SkiPressWorld.com. Ski Press. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  16. ^ *Burk, Bibliotekstjänst AB. "[1]", "Swedish Royal Library", 2008. Retrieved on October 30, 2010.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ken Murillo
Formula Super Vee Series Champion
1989
Succeeded by
Stuart Crow