Jim Hall (racing driver)

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Jim Hall
Jim Hall in 2013
Jim Hall in 2013
Born (1935-07-23) July 23, 1935 (age 83)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years1960 - 1963
Teamsnon-works Lotus
Entries12 (11 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points3
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1960 United States Grand Prix
Last entry1963 Mexican Grand Prix

Jim Hall (born July 23, 1935 in Abilene, Texas[1]) is a former racecar driver and constructor from the United States. He competed in Formula One from 1960 to 1963, participating in 12 World Championship Grands Prix and numerous non-Championship races.[2] He scored three World Championship points.

Legacy[edit]

Hall's special place in motorsports history came as the result of his being the "motivating force" and co-owner, with Hap Sharp, of Chaparral Cars. Based in Hall's hometown of Midland, Texas, during the 1960s, in the United States Road Racing Championship, and later in the Can-Am, Chaparral cars were the most innovative in racing. Hall was the first to use automatic transmissions in his race cars; this allowed Hall, Sharp and their co-drivers a free foot to operate moveable spoilers for aerodynamics. Hall was a very early adopter of aerodynamics applied to race cars and was the leading proponent of that technology for an entire decade. He had a sabbatical in the early 1970s, racing in several SCCA Trans-Am Series races. Hall's Chaparral Cars team came back to prominence in the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) series, including two wins in the Indianapolis 500 in 1978 and 1980; the latter with the first of the ground effect cars to be raced in the event. He would later turn to using off-the-shelf racecars to race in his Indycar team which was renamed "Jim Hall Racing" until 1996, when he retired from racing altogether.

Personal[edit]

Hall now resides in Midland, remaining active in the oil and gas business, and motorsports racing legacies.

An entire wing at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland portrays the saga of Hall and Chaparral Cars.[3] His son, Jim Hall, Jr., resides in California and operates the Jim Hall Kart Racing School.

Awards[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Pts.
1960 Jim Hall Lotus 18 Climax straight-4 ARG MON 500 NED BEL FRA GBR POR ITA USA
7
NC 0
1961 Jim Hall Lotus 18 Climax straight-4 MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER ITA USA
Ret
NC 0
1962 Jim Hall Lotus 21 Climax straight-4 NED MON BEL FRA GBR GER ITA USA
DNS
RSA NC 0
1963 British Racing Partnership Lotus 24 BRM V8 MON
Ret
BEL
Ret
NED
8
FRA
11
GBR
6
GER
5
ITA
8
USA
10
MEX
8
RSA 12th 3

Jim Hall Racing - IndyCar wins[edit]

# Season Date Sanction Track / Race No. Winning Driver Chassis Engine Tire Grid Laps Led
1 1978 May 28 USAC Indianapolis 500 (O) 2 United States Al Unser Lola T500 Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 5 121
2 June 25 USAC Pocono 500 (O) 2 United States Al Unser (2) Lola T500 Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 10 65
3 September 3 USAC Ontario 500 (O) 2 United States Al Unser (3) Lola T500 Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 7 74
4 1979 October 20 CART Phoenix International Raceway (O) 2 United States Al Unser (4) Chaparral 2K Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 2 138
5 1980 April 13 CART Ontario (O) 4 United States Johnny Rutherford Chaparral 2K Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear Pole 74
6 May 25 USAC Indianapolis 500 (O) 4 United States Johnny Rutherford (2) Chaparral 2K Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear Pole 118
7 July 13 CART Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (R) 4 United States Johnny Rutherford (3) Chaparral 2K Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 4 19
8 July 20 CART Michigan (O) 4 United States Johnny Rutherford (4) Chaparral 2K Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 2 62
9 August 10 CART Milwaukee Mile (O) 4 United States Johnny Rutherford (5) Chaparral 2K Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear Pole 63
10 1981 March 22 CART Phoenix International Raceway (O) 1 United States Johnny Rutherford (6) Chaparral 2K Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 3 68
11 1991 March 17 CART Gold Coast Indy 300 (S) 4 United States John Andretti Lola T91/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t Goodyear 9 4
12 1995 March 17 CART Laguna Seca Raceway (R) 8 Brazil Gil de Ferran (R) Reynard 95i Mercedes-Benz IC108B V8t Goodyear 3 54
13 1996 June 30 CART Grand Prix of Cleveland (S) 8 Brazil Gil de Ferran (2) Reynard 96i Honda HRH V8t Goodyear 7 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". Retrieved 2007-08-13.
  2. ^ "The Formula One Archives". Retrieved 2007-08-13.
  3. ^ "Chaparral Gallery Exhibits: A Racing Legend". Petroleum Museum. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Notable Alumni, James E. Hall".