January 28, 1926|
|Died||June 19, 1960
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Teams||Kuzma, Epperly, Kurtis Kraft, Schroeder, Lesovsky|
|Entries||10 (9 starts)|
|First entry||1951 Indianapolis 500|
|First win||1958 Indianapolis 500|
|Last win||1958 Indianapolis 500|
|Last entry||1960 Indianapolis 500|
James Ernest Bryan (January 28, 1926 – June 19, 1960) was an American racecar driver who won the 1958 Indianapolis 500. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Bryan died as a result of injuries sustained in a champ car race at Langhorne Speedway.
He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1952–1960 seasons with 72 starts, including each year's Indianapolis 500 race. He finished in the top ten 54 times, with 23 victories.
Bryan won the 1958 Indianapolis 500 and the 1954 AAA and 1956 and 1957 USAC National Championship. During his 1957 championship season, Bryan also won the inaugural running of the Race of Two Worlds at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy.
Death and legacy
He died after a crash in a Champ car race at Langhorne Speedway in 1960, on the same day that two drivers were killed in the Belgian Grand Prix, making the day one of the most tragic in racing history. For many years one of the two championship races at the Phoenix International Raceway was a memorial race dedicated to Bryan. Bryan is buried in Phoenix's Greenwood/Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery.
- He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1994.
- He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1999.
- He was inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Indy 500 results
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1951||Viking Trailer||Lesovsky||Offenhauser L4||SUI||500
|1952||Peter Schmidt||Kurtis Kraft 3000||Offenhauser L4||SUI||500
|1953||Blakely Oil||Schroeder||Offenhauser L4||ARG||500
|1954||Dean Van Lines||Kuzma Indy Roadster||Offenhauser L4||ARG||500
|1955||Dean Van Lines||Kuzma Indy Roadster||Offenhauser L4||ARG||MON||500
|1956||Dean Van Lines||Kuzma Indy Roadster||Offenhauser L4||ARG||MON||500
|1957||Dean Van Lines||Kuzma Indy Roadster||Offenhauser L4||ARG||MON||500
|1958||Belond AP / George Salih||Epperly Indy Roadster||Offenhauser L4||ARG||MON||NED||500
|1959||Belond AP / George Salih||Epperly Indy Roadster||Offenhauser L4||MON||500
|1960||Metal-Cal||Epperly Indy Roadster||Offenhauser L4||ARG
- on YouTube
- "Jimmy Bryan Indy 500 Race Stats". www.indy500.com. Archived from the original on 8 May 2006. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
|Indianapolis 500 Winner