Dempsey Wilson

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Dempsey Wilson
Born(1927-03-11)March 11, 1927
DiedApril 23, 1971(1971-04-23) (aged 44)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19561960
TeamsKuzma, Kurtis Kraft, Silnes
Entries5 (2 starts)
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1956 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1960 Indianapolis 500

Dempsey Cothrin Wilson[1] (March 11, 1927 – April 23, 1971) was an American racecar driver.

Wilson was born in Los Angeles, California. He drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1956, 1958–1965, and 1968–1969 seasons with 32 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1958, 1960, 1961, and 1963. He finished in the top ten 4 times, with his best finish in 8th position in 1960 at Milwaukee. Outside of racing, Wilson owned a business called "Dempsey Wilson Racing Cams," which refurbished camshafts.[2] He died in Duarte, California, at City of Hope after a long battle with mesothelioma.

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

World Championship career summary[edit]

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Dempsey Wilson participated in 2 World Championship races but scored no World Championship points.


  1. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley. Indianapolis. May 13, 2013. WFNI.
  2. ^ Smith, Paul D (2009). Merchants of Speed: The Men Who Built America's Performance Industry. United States: MotorBooks International. p. 240. ISBN 0760335672.