Jim Guthrie (racing driver)

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Jim Guthrie
Nationality American
Born (1961-09-13) September 13, 1961 (age 55)
Gadsden, Alabama
Retired 2001
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active 1996-2001
Teams Blueprint Racing
ISM Racing
Cobb Racing
Riley & Scott
Coulson Racing
Starts 15
Wins 1
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 12th in 1996-1997
Previous series
1995 Toyota Atlantic
Awards
1997 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year

Jim Guthrie (born September 13, 1961 in Gadsden, Alabama) is a former driver in the Indy Racing League. He debuted in the Indy Racing League in 1996 with moderately successful results. When the IRL moved to purpose-built chassis in 1997, Guthrie was forced to take out a second mortgage to purchase a new chassis. With no sponsorship and the prospects of losing his house if his venture was unsuccessful, he won the second race in the new chassis at Phoenix International Raceway. He got sponsorship from Jacuzzi for the Indianapolis 500 and was able to finish the season (placing 12th in season points) winning Rookie of the Year honors and kept his house. Jim contested four races in 1998, but then during the Indianapolis 500, he was seriously injured in a multi-car crash, but he returned later in the season for two different teams. He attempted the 1999 Indianapolis 500 but failed to qualify his Coulson Racing entry.

Jim was later an owner of Guthrie Meyer Racing in the Firestone Indy Lights Series that fielded a car for his son Sean, who raced in the Star Mazda Series in 2005. The team began with 2005 IPS driver Travis Gregg at Homestead, and 2005 Star Mazda champion Raphael Matos scoring the team's first two wins at St. Petersburg (there were two races on that weekend). For the 2008 season, the team had 3 cars with Logan Gomez filling the second seat and the third was run by Tom Wieringa and Robbie Pecorari. Franck Perera joined the team for the second half of the season and captured a win at Infineon Raceway.

Guthrie later started competing in Formula Drift with a Chevrolet powered Mazda RX7 sponsored by Car Crafters of Albuquerque.

On Sept 25th 2012, Jim under-steered, crashed and flipped his 2011 Ford Mustang into a tire wall at Formula Drift/Pro Am Round 4 (After Dark); the result of a driver error. The video of this event has been viewed over 80000 times in under 72 hours.[citation needed]

Today, Guthrie is actively involved in the local community in Albuquerque. His business, Car Crafters, has recently expanded to 5 locations around the Albuquerque area. One of his latest interests is triathlons, as he recently completed his first Half-Ironman in April in Monterrey, Mexico. [1]

Racing record[edit]

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key)

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
1996 Blueprint Racing United States
WDW
United States
PHX
15
United States
INDY
18
20th 74
1996-1997 Blueprint Racing United States
NHM
23
United States
LVS
13
United States
WDW
6
United States
PHX
1
United States
INDY
26
United States
TXS
21
United States
PPIR
DNS
United States
CLT
12
United States
NH2
24
United States
LV2
4
12th 186
1998 ISM Racing United States
WDW
DNQ
United States
PHX
DNQ
United States
INDY
29
United States
TXS
United States
NHM
            33rd 41
Cobb Racing           United States
DOV
7
United States
CLT
22
United States
PPIR
United States
ATL
United States
TX2
 
Riley & Scott                     United States
LVS
24
1999 Coulson Racing United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
ATL
United States
DOV
United States
PPI2
United States
LVS
United States
TX2
NC 0

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1996 Lola Menard-Buick 19th 18th
1997 Dallara Oldsmobile 6th 26th
1998 G-Force Oldsmobile 20th 29th
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile Failed to Qualify
2001 G-Force Oldsmobile Practice Crash

References[edit]

  1. ^ Writer, Jessica Dyer | Journal Staff. "One-on-one with Jim Guthrie". www.abqjournal.com. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gil de Ferran
(CART Rookie of the Year)
IndyCar Series
Rookie of the Year

1996–97
Succeeded by
Robby Unser