Charlie Schwam

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Charlie Schwam
Nationality United States
OccupationNASCAR car owner
Known forEmploying some of the best NASCAR Cup Series drivers in the 1950s

Charlie Schwam is a former NASCAR Grand National Series race car owner whose career spanned from 1955 to 1956.[1]


As a true showman, he would paint his vehicles in a bright shade of purple and would have cartoon boars on the vehicle.[2] As the owner of a Ford dealership; Schawn brought Ford vehicles into the NASCAR races that he was involved in. He would play a role in helping Ford vehicles become faster than the Chryslers and Chevrolets that dominated NASCAR during the mid-1950s.[3]

His employees included Billy Carden, Curtis Turner, and Joe Weatherly.[1] Out of 38 races, Schwam's vehicles have created one win for themselves (at the 1956 Southern 500) in addition to ten finishes in the "top five" and 18 finishes in the "top ten.[1]" They have led 461 laps out of 5455 and have finished an average of 17th place overall.[1] The number of miles that these three drivers have raced for Charlie Schwam equals to 4,789.5 miles (7,708.0 km).[1] Schwam seemed to have favored the numbers 9 and 99 for his vehicles while numbers 11, 19 and 95 were rarely considered.[4]

Schwam's total earnings for his NASCAR career was $21,310 ($196,380.65 when adjusted for inflation).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Charlie Schwam career information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
  2. ^ "Charlie Schwam's showmanship". Joe Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
  3. ^ Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France. Google Books. Retrieved 2014-08-13.
  4. ^ "NASCAR Statistics: Charlie Schwam". Driver Averages. Retrieved 2014-08-13.