Lyn St. James

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Lyn St. James
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St. James at the 2015 Indianapolis 500
Nationality  United States
Born (1947-03-13) March 13, 1947 (age 70)
Willoughby, Ohio, U.S.
Retired 2001
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active 1996–2001
Teams Zunne Group Racing
Team Scandia
Hemelgarn Racing
Dick Simon Racing
Starts 5
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 8th Orlando in 1996
Previous series
1992–1995 CART
Awards
1992 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

Lyn St. James (born Evelyn Gene Cornwall; March 13, 1947) is an American former racecar driver. She competed in the IndyCar series, with eleven CART and five Indy Racing League starts to her name. St. James is one of nine women who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500, and became the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award. She also has two victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and one win at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Additionally she has competed in endurance racing in Europe, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Nürburgring; in the latter, her team placed first and second in class in 1979.[1]

St. James founded the 501(c)(3) Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation in 1994 and is a motivational speaker. She has served on the board of trustees of Kettering University, and currently works for NASCAR as an appeal panelist for the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.

Racing record[edit]

12 Hours of Sebring results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1978 United States Autodyne United States Luis Sereix
United States Phil Currin
Chevrolet Corvette GTO 186 17th 6th
1979 United States Thunderbird Swap-Shop United States Bonnie Henn
United States Janet Guthrie
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 GTO 194 17th 8th
1980 United States Condor Racing United States Ralph Kent-Cooke Porsche 935 GTX 87 DNF DNF
1983 United Kingdom Nimrod Racing United States Reggie Smith
United States Drake Olson
Nimrod NRA/C2-Aston Martin GTP 224 5th 3rd
1987 United States Roush Racing United States Tom Gloy Ford Mustang GTO 213 31st 9th
1988 United States Roush Racing United States Deborah Gregg Mercury Merkur XR4Ti GTO 282 8th 2nd
1990 United States Roush Racing United States Robby Gordon
United States Calvin Fish
Mercury Cougar XR-7 GTO 278 6th 1st
1998 United States TRV Motorsport United States Jeret Schroeder
United States Tom Volk
Kudzu DL-4-Chevrolet GTO 283 17th 4th

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1989 United Kingdom Spice Engineering United Kingdom Ray Bellm
United Kingdom Gordon Spice
Spice SE89C-Ford C1 229 DNF DNF
1991 Netherlands Euro Racing
Japan A.O. Racing
South Africa Desiré Wilson
France Cathy Muller
Spice SE90C-Ford C1 47 DNF DNF

American Open Wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1992 Dick Simon Racing Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
IND
11
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
MIL
United States
NHA
Canada
TOR
United States
MIC
United States
CLE
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
31st 2
1993 Dick Simon Racing Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
13
United States
LBH
17
United States
IND
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
DNQ
United States
POR
20
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
United States
MIC
Ret
United States
NHA
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
36th 0
1994 Dick Simon Racing Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
IND
19
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIC
United States
MDO
United States
NHA
Canada
VAN
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
48th 0
1995 Dick Simon Racing United States
MIA
Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
NAZ
United States
IND
Ret
United States
MIL
20
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
ROA
Canada
TOR
United States
CLE
United States
MIC
Ret
United States
MDO
United States
NHA
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
39th 0

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
1996 Simon/Scandia Racing United States
WDW
8
12th 186
Team Scandia United States
PHX
21
Zunne Group Racing United States
INDY
14
1996–1997 Lyn St. James Racing
Hemelgarn Racing
United States
NHM
United States
LVS
United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
13
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
CLT
United States
NH2
United States
LV2
42nd 22
1998 Team Pelfrey United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
TXS
United States
NHM
United States
DOV
United States
CLT
United States
PPIR
United States
ATL
United States
TX2
United States
LVS
NC
1999 Lyn St. James 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
2000 Dick Simon Racing United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
LVS
United States
INDY
32
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
ATL
United States
KTY
United States
TX2
49th 1

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Female closed circuit speed record attempt car
Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1992 Lola Chevrolet 27 11
1993 Lola Ford-Cosworth 21 25
1994 Lola Ford-Cosworth 6 19
1995 Lola Ford-Cosworth 28 32
1996 Lola Ford-Cosworth 18 14
1997 Dallara Infiniti 34 13
1998 G-Force Infiniti DNQ
1999 G-Force Oldsmobile DNQ
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile 32 32

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
1999 TRV Motorsport LMP Riley & Scott Mk III Chevrolet 6.0 L V8 G SEB ATL MOS SON POR PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON LSV 90th 0

See also[edit]

  • AMC Spirit article including information about St James' team at the 1979 Nürburgring event

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mattar, George (February 2005). "AMC Invades Germany – circa 1979". Hemmings Muscle Machines. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jeff Andretti
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1992
Succeeded by
Nigel Mansell