Jeff Wood (racing driver)

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Jeff Wood (born January 20, 1957) is an American former race car driver born in Wichita, Kansas. He was Formula Atlantic Rookie of the Year in 1977. He drove in the CanAm series for Carl Haas in 1981 and finished 5th in the series behind Danny Sullivan. In 1982, driving for Bob Garnetson Racing, finished 3rd place in the 24 Hours of Daytona.[1] He then made his CART debut in 1983 at the Caesars Palace Grand Prix driving for Dan Gurney. He then drove in the Formula Atlantic West Series where he won the 1985 championship. He returned to CART in 1987 and made 4 starts for Dick Simon with his best finish being 10th. He was away from the series in 1988, then returned in 1989 to make 5 starts for Gohr Racing, where he finished 12th at the Michigan 500. In 1990 he drove for a new team, Todd Walther Racing, where he made his first attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, but crashed in practice. He made 10 other starts, with a 10th-place finish at Phoenix, finishing 22nd in points. In 1991 he made 8 starts for Dale Coyne Racing, Arciero Racing, and Euromotorsports with the best finish being 13th. 7 starts in '92 for Arciero netted Wood a 12th-place finish and a single point. In 1993 Wood attempted a nearly full season for Andrea Moda Formula/Euromotorsports but failed to qualify for 6 races and only made 8 starts and again failed to score points. He made four more unsuccessful starts in 1994 for Euromotorsports in what would be his final races in the series. He was named to an entry for the 1996 Indianapolis 500, but the car failed to appear. His best finish in his 49 CART races was an 8th place that came in his second series start back in 1983 at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Racing record[edit]

SCCA National Championship Runoffs[edit]

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1977 Road Atlanta March 77B Cosworth Formula B 4 5 Running

Complete USAC Mini-Indy Series results[edit]

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pos Points
1980 United States
MIL
United States
POC
United States
MDO
United States
MIN1
United States
MIN2
United States
ONT
6
19th 80

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Malley, J.J. (2009). Daytona 24 Hours: The Definitive History of America's Great Endurance Race", p. 393. David Bull Publishing, Phoenix. ISBN 978-1-935007-00-5.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dan Marvin
North American Formula Atlantic
Pacific Division Champion

1985
Succeeded by
Ted Prappas