Mike Chandler

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Mike Chandler
Nationality American
Born (1958-04-21) April 21, 1958 (age 56)
San Marino, California, U.S.
Related to Otis Chandler (father)
Charles Abel Buffum (great-grandfather)
Fern Smith Buffum (great-grandmother)
Edwin Buffum (great-great uncle)
Harrison Gray Otis (great-great grandfather)
Norman Chandler (grandfather)
Dorothy Buffum Chandler (grandmother)
Camilla Chandler (aunt)
Marilyn "Missy" Chandler (mother)
Bettina Whitaker Chandler (stepmother)
Edwin E. Buffum (great-uncle)
Thurlyne Buffum (great-aunt)
Stephen Otis (great-great-great grandfather)
Sara Otis (great-great-great grandmother)
Harry Chandler (great-grandfather)
Moses K. Chandler (great-great grandfather)
Emma J. Little Chandler (great-great grandmother)
Marian Otis Chandler (great-grandmother)
Eliza Ann Otis (great-great grandmother)
Last updated on: January 22, 2014.

Michael Otis Chandler (born April 21, 1958), is a former driver in the CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1980-1984 seasons, with 9[1] career starts, and started in the Indianapolis 500 in 1981-1983. A near head-on crash in practice for the 1984 race left him in a coma for several days and prematurely ended his career. He finished in the top ten twice, with his best finish in 4th position in 1981 at Riverside.


Michael is the son of Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler[2] and Marilyn "Missy" Chandler. Buffum's department stores were co-founded by his great-grandfather, former Mayor of Long Beach, California Charles Abel Buffum and great-grand uncle Edwin E. Buffum. Dorothy Buffum Chandler, a patron for the arts and a Regent for the University of California, was Michael's grandmother. He is the great-great grandson of newspaper publisher, Harrison Gray Otis.

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1981 Penske Cosworth 25th 12th
1982 Eagle Chevrolet 22nd 17th
1983 Rattlesnake Cosworth 30th 16th
1984 Eagle Pontiac Practice Crash


  1. ^ 9 starts do not include the 1981 or 1982 Indy 500, as it was not a CART race that year.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Richard, Where are they now?, OldRacingCars.com, February 21, 2004