Jack Turner (racing driver)

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Jack Turner
Born (1920-02-12)February 12, 1920
Seattle, Washington
Died September 12, 2004(2004-09-12) (aged 84)
Renton, Washington
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 19561960
Teams Christensen, Kurtis Kraft, Lesovsky
Entries 5 (4 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1956 Indianapolis 500
Last entry 1960 Indianapolis 500

Jack Turner (February 12, 1920 Seattle, Washington – September 12, 2004 Renton, Washington)[1] was an American racecar driver. He was nicknamed "Cactus Jack."

Midget car career[edit]

1954 AAA National Midget trophy
1955 AAA National Midget trophy

Turner became the first two-time AAA National Midget champion when he won the 1954 and 1955 championships. Turner scored no wins in 1954 despite competing at the entire circuit, and won the championship on consistent high finishes.[2] He won six features in 1955. He also had 14 National USAC wins in his career.

Champ car[edit]

He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1955-1962 seasons with 35 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1956-1959 and 1961-1962. He finished in the top ten 35 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in 1956 at Darlington. He retired from racing after flipping his car during a practice run at Indy in 1963.[3] It was his third flip in three years at the track: first down the main straightaway in 1961, second he broke his pelvis at the head of the frontstretch, and third he crushed a vertebra.[2]

Career award[edit]

He was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in the inaugural 1984 class.[2]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1956 54 24 142.394 18 25 131 0 Engine trouble
1957 19 19 140.367 25 11 200 0 Running
1958 25 10 143.438 12 25 21 0 Fuel pump
1959 24 14 143.478 11 27 47 0 Fuel tank
1961 45 21 144.904 21 25 52 0 Crash FS
1962 45 25 146.496 25 29 17 0 Crash FS
Totals 468 0
Starts 6
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 0
Top 10 0
Retired 5

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. Jack Turner participated in 4 World Championship races but scored no World Championship points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers — Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  3. ^ Jack Turner 1963 Indy 500 practice crash