Jeff Ward (racing driver)

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JeffWardWithJersey2007.jpg
Ward in 2007
Nationality  Scotland
Born (1961-06-22) June 22, 1961 (age 54)
Glasgow, Scotland
Awards Motorcycle Hall of Fame (1999)
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2006)
IndyCar Series career
61 races run over 7 years
Best finish 5th (1998)
First race 1998 Indy 200 (Disney)
Last race 2005 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis
First win 2002 Boomtown 500 (Texas)
Wins Podiums Poles
1 8 2

Jeff Ward (born June 22, 1961) is a Scottish racing driver.

Racing career[edit]

He is the first motocross rider in history to win every major AMA motocross national championship. Nicknamed 'The Flying Freckle', throughout his motocross career Ward stayed loyal to the Kawasaki brand and retired from motocross with seven national titles, 56 national race wins and having represented the USA 7 times on Motocross Des Nations winning teams.

Following his motocross career, Ward moved to racing cars in the Indy Racing League. Ward finished 6th in series points in 1998, and won the 2002 race at Texas Motor Speedway. He established a solid reputation at the prestigious Indianapolis 500: he was 1997 Rookie of the Year with a third place finish[1] and garnered four top five finishes in just seven starts.

He has 4 children: Brandon, Ayrton, Alain, and Siena. He is now racing short course off road trucks in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for the Speed Technologies team. He also ran in the Stadium Super Trucks,[2] finishing 10th in the inaugural race at University of Phoenix Stadium.[3]

Awards and championships[edit]

Awards[edit]

Championships[edit]

AMA Motocross / Supermoto[edit]

  • 1984—Won AMA 125cc national motocross title.
  • 1985—Won AMA national 250cc motocross and Supercross titles.
  • 1987—Won second AMA national 250cc Supercross championship.
  • 1988—Captured second AMA national 250cc motocross title.
  • 1989—Won AMA national 500cc motocross championship to become first rider in history to win every major AMA national motocross title.
  • 1990—Won second consecutive AMA national 500cc motocross championship.
  • 2004—Won AMA Supermoto Championship at 43 years of age.
  • 2006—Won X-Games Supermoto Championship at 45 years of age.
  • 2006—Won AMA Supermoto Championship (second title)
  • 2008—Won X-Games Supermoto Championship at 47 years of age (second title).

Indy Racing League[edit]

  • 1997—Finished third at Indianapolis 500 in maiden effort, finished 30th in IRL season point standings.
  • 1998—Earned career-first pole position at Phoenix IRL race, four top five finishes, finished career-best 6th in IRL season point standings.
  • 1999—Finished career-best second at Indianapolis 500, three top five finishes, finished 11th in IRL season point standings.
  • 2000—Finished fourth at Indianapolis 500, two top five finishes, finished 11th in IRL season point standings.
  • 2001—Two top five finishes, finished 11th in IRL season point standings.
  • 2002—Winner of Boomtown 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, finished ninth at Indianapolis 500, two top five finishes, finished 11th in IRL season point standings.

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series[edit]

  • 2009—Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Rookie of the Year
  • 2009—Dirt Sports Rookie of the Year
  • 2009—2nd Place in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Championship, behind by 1 point

Racing record[edit]

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key)

IndyCar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1996-1997 Galles NHM LVS WDW
16
PHX             30th 69
Cheever         INDY
3
TXS PPIR CLT NH2  
Sinden/ISM                   LV2
17
1998 ISM WDW
2
PHX
5
INDY
13
TXS
17
NHM
22
DOV
19
CLT
2
PPIR
20
ATL
6
TX2
3
LVS
21
6th 252
1999 ISM WDW
3
                  11th 206
Pagan   PHX
2
CLT
C
INDY
2
TXS
18
PPIR
9
ATL
26
DOV
13
PPI2
23
LVS
10
TX2
21
2000 Foyt WDW
7
PHX
11
LVS
21
INDY
4
TXS
19
PPIR
15
ATL
19
KTY
6
TX2
8
11th 176
2001 Heritage PHX
7
HMS
5
ATL
7
INDY
24
TXS
16
PPIR
12
RIR
8
KAN
Wth
NSH
20
KTY
10
STL
7
CHI
4
TX2
24
11th 238
2002 Ganassi HMS
4
PHX
18
FON
10
NZR
19
INDY
9
TXS
1
PPIR
20
RIR
8
KAN
12
NSH
11
MIS
25
KTY
16
STL
13
CHI
21
TX2
25
11th 268
2005 Vision HMS PHX STP MOT INDY
27
TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON 35th 10

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1995 Lola Ford-Cosworth Failed to Qualify Arizona
1997 G-Force Oldsmobile 7th 3rd Cheever
1998 G-Force Oldsmobile 27th 13th Team Tabasco
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile 14th 2nd Pagan
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile 6th 4th Foyt
2001 G-Force Oldsmobile 8th 24th Heritage
2002 G-Force Chevrolet 15th 9th Ganassi
2005 Dallara Toyota 31st 27th Vision

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series[edit]

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tony Stewart
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1997
Succeeded by
Steve Knapp