Paul Durant

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Paul Durant (born September 26, 1959), is a former driver American racecar driver from San Diego, California.

He first excelled in modified stock car racing, winning a number of regional championships. He then competed in the USAC Silver Crown Series in 1994. Following the founding of the Indy Racing League in 1996, he competed in the series' second ever race at the Phoenix International Raceway but broke on the first lap. Two months later, he competed in the Indianapolis 500, qualifying the oldest car in the field, a 1992 Lola powered by a stock-block Buick V6 engine in the 24th position. He moved up from 24th to 18th in 9 laps before his engine failed.[1] The following year he took over A. J. Foyt Enterprises' #1 car late on bump day and qualified in the final position with only 12 laps of practice in the car. He crashed on lap 111 of the race and was credited with 21st. Later that season he drove at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Byrd-Cunningham Racing and finished 26th after a mechanical issue on lap 62. He drove in the first race of the 1998 season at Phoenix for Cobb Racing but suffered an engine failure 99 laps in. He failed to qualify for the 1998 Indianapolis 500 in the same car and his entry failed to arrive at the race the following week at Texas Motor Speedway despite being entered.

He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

Racing record[edit]

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key)

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
1996 ABF United States
WDW
United States
PHX
22
United States
INDY
32
31st 16
1996-1997 Foyt United States
NHM
United States
LVS
United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
21
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
CLT
United States
NH2
  40th 23
Byrd-Cunningham                   United States
LV2
26
1998 Cobb United States
WDW
United States
PHX
21
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
TXS
United States
NHM
United States
DOV
United States
CLT
United States
PPIR
United States
ATL
United States
TX2
United States
LVS
38th 9

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1996 Lola Buick 24th 32nd ABF
1997 G-Force Oldsmobile 33rd 21st Foyt
1998 G-Force Oldsmobile Failed to Qualify Cobb

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Conversation with Paul Durant, The Auto Channel, June 25, 2003

External links[edit]