Mike Nish

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Mike Nish at speed in the Royal Purple 'Frankenstein' streamliner, September 2010 (Photo by Ray the Rat)
Mike (and father Terry) receiving FIA certificate of record, September 2010 (Photo by Ray the Rat)

Mike Nish (born December 10, 1959) is an American racing driver who competed in the CART Championship Car series and competes in world land speed record events.

Nish competed in four CART races, one in 1984 at Phoenix International Raceway and 3 more in 1986 where he recorded his best finish of 10th place at Portland International Raceway. He attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1985 and 1986 but failed to qualify both years. He also attempted two more races in April 1987 but failed to qualify for both of them.

At Speed Week in August 2007, Nish captured the SCTA AA/FS (Unlimited Fuel Streamliner) record with a speed of 377.715 mph (607.8732 km/h). He was also awarded the Hot Rod Trophy for achieving the top speed of the meet on the Bonneville Salt Flats.[1]

On October 8, 2007, Nish attempted to break the world land speed record for carbureted vehicles set in 1965, but his engine failed after 30 seconds. Mike Nish, as well as his father Terry and brothers Jeff and T. J. have successfully broken 14 different world land speed records over the years.[2]

On September 23, 2010, Nish broke the world land speed record for the FIA Category A, Group 2, Class 9, 1 Kilometer, Flying Start] and Category A, Group 2, Class 9, 1 mile, Flying Start class with a speed of 285.359 mph (459.242 km/h) for the Kilometer and 285.305 mph (459.155 km/h) in the mile.[3]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

PPG Indycar Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1984 Dick Simon Racing LBH
PHX
INDY
MIL
POR
MEA
CLE
MCH
ROA
POC
MDO
SAN
MCH
PHX
15
LAG
CPL
DNQ
NC 0
1985 A. J. Foyt Enterprises LBH
INDY
DNQ
MIL
POR
MEA
CLE
MCH
ROA
POC
MDO
SAN
MCH
LAG
PHX
EX
MIA
NC -
1986 A. J. Foyt Enterprises PHX
LBH
INDY
DNQ
30th 3
Machinists Union Racing MIL
DNS
POR
10
MEA
25
CLE
Rpl1
TOR
22
MCH
POC
MDO
SAN
MCH
ROA
LAG
PHX
MIA
1987 Machinists Union Racing LBH
DNQ
PHX
DNQ
INDY
MIL
POR
MEA
CLE
TOR
MCH
POC
ROA
MDO
NAZ
LAG
MIA
NC -
1 Replaced by Johnny Parsons

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1985 March Cosworth DNQ A. J. Foyt Enterprises
1986 March Chevy V6 DNQ A. J. Foyt Enterprises

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chevy High Performance [1] November, 2008
  2. ^ Grass, Ray, Nish clan is driven to break land speed record, Deseret Morning News, October 11, 2007
  3. ^ Nish Motorsports [2] records page