Bill Whittington

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William Marvin "Bill " Whittington[1] (born September 11, 1949) is an American racing driver from Lubbock, Texas who won the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans together with his brother Don Whittington and Klaus Ludwig in a Porsche 935.

Together with Randy Lanier they owned the Blue Thunder Racing Team in 1984, with Marty Hinze. Bill also raced in 5 Indianapolis 500s with a best finish of 14th.

Whittington made two NASCAR Winston Cup starts in 1980, earning an 8th in his debut at Riverside International Raceway (besting brother Don by one spot) and then 32nd in the Daytona 500.

The Whittingtons raced aircraft prior to cars, Bill having won races at Reno between 1978 and 1983, and were the owners of the Road Atlanta circuit.

In 2005, Bill's daughters, Nerissa Whittington and Keely Reyes, purchased The Springs, in Pagosa Springs, the facility includes a hotel, spa and outdoor hot springs facility.

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1980 Parnelli Cosworth 27th 30th
1981 March Cosworth 27th 21st
1982 March Cosworth 6th 16th
1983 March Cosworth 15th 18th
1985 March Cosworth 12th 14th
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Didier Pironi
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1979 with:
Klaus Ludwig
Don Whittington
Succeeded by
Jean Rondeau
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud


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