Mark Smith (American racing driver)

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Mark Smith
Mark Smith racing driver CART 1200 px.jpg
NationalityAmerican
Born (1967-04-10) April 10, 1967 (age 51)
Portland, Oregon
Retired1994
CART Championship Car
Years active1993-1994
TeamsArciero Racing
Walker Racing
Starts26
Previous series
1988 -1989
1989
1990 -1992
Formula Super Vee
Formula Pacific
Indy Lights
Championship titles
1989Formula Super Vee
Awards
1989
1990
Formula Pacific Rookie Award[1]
Indy Lights Rookie of the Year[2]
Indy Lights: Smith qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway 1991
CART: Smith driving for Arciero at the 1993 Long Beach Grand Prix

Mark Smith (born April 10, 1967, Portland, Oregon) is an American racing driver. Now retired, he competed in the CART IndyCar Series.

Career[edit]

Smith entered karting competition at the age of 14 and won 6 championships in multiple IKF divisions.[3] In 1985 he moved up to Formula Ford scoring 4 race wins in two seasons and then advanced to Formula Super Vee.[3]

After winning the 1989 United States Formula Super Vee Championship[4] with 5 wins and 4 poles,[5] Mark raced in Indy Lights from 1990 to 1992, finishing 3rd in series points his rookie year,[6] and 2nd in 1991[7] capturing 3 wins and 5 poles along the way [2].

In 1993 Mark moved up to the CART Indy Car Series racing primarily on road and street circuits for Arciero Racing.[8] Smith qualified twice for the 1993 Indianapolis 500 but was bumped from the field.[9] His second bumping at the hands of Didier Theys happened just 6 minutes before the end of qualifications that year, an outcome that added to the Speedway myth about The Curse of the Smiths.[10] Mark qualified for the 1994 Indianapolis 500 and was bumped from the field by Bobby Rahal. With 14 minutes remaining Smith made a bold attempt to qualify an ill-handling T93 Lola back-up car. His warm up lap of 221.8 mph was fast enough to make the race. On the following lap he crashed heavily into turn two.[11]

Smith's best Indy Car finish was a 5th place at the 1994 Michigan 500.

Racing record[edit]

Formula Super Vee[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
1988 Dave White Motorsports PHX
Ret
LBH
5
DAL
6
IRP
6
MIL
6
DET
Ret
NIA
7
CLE
5
MEA
1
MDO
10
ROA
2
NAZ
5
STP
Ret
6th 108[12]
1989 Ralt of America PHX
4
DAL
3
IRP
1*
MIL
1*
CLE
3
DEM
1
ATL
1*
MDO
1*
ROA
4
NAZ
Ret
STP
3
1st 169[13]

Formula Pacific[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
1989 Graeme Lawrence Autosport BAY
4
BAY
3
PUK
3
PUK
3
MAN
3
MAN
2
WIG
Ret
WIG
2
TIM
4
TIM
2
4th 39[14]

CART Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
1990 Ralt of America PHX
2
LBH
2
MIL
9
DET
11
POR
6
CLE
4
MEA
10
TOR
6
DEN
9
VAN
2
MDO
9
ROA
3
NAZ
5
LS
5
3rd 128
1991 Evergreen LBH
4
PHX
2*
MIL
7
DET
6
POR
3
CLE
1*
MEA
5
TOR
5
DEN
4
MDO
2
NAZ
8
LS
1*
2nd 155
1992 Evergreen PHX
7
LBH
11
DET
3
POR
Ret
MIL
5
LOU
11
TOR
9
CLE
Ret
VAN
1
MDO
7
NAZ
5
LS
Ret
7th 74

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1993 Arciero SRF
18
PHX
9
LBH
10
IND
DNQ
MIL DET
Ret
POR
Ret
CLE
Ret
TOR
Ret
MIC NHA ROA
Ret
VAN
Ret
MDO
Ret
NAZ
12
LS
17
22nd 8
1994 Walker SRF
Ret
PHX
DNS
LBH
Ret
IND
DNQ
MIL
24
DET
14
POR
16
CLE
Ret
TOR
Ret
MIC
5
MDO
20
NHA
12
VAN
8
ROA
Ret
NAZ
12
LS
14
19th 17

Film and photography[edit]

Smith has produced a number of short films including Denmark and A House, A Home.[15][16] He is the co-author of two photography books The Powder Road and Österlandet.[17][18] Smith is a graduate of University of Oregon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ *Dealey, Arley (March 9, 1989). "Peter Jackson Formula Pacific Championship Rounds 9 & 10". On Track Auto Racing Magazine. USA: 43.
  2. ^ *Ryan, Michael (April 7, 1991). "How One Young Man Says Thank You, Motorsport's Rookie of the Year". Parade Magazine. USA: 4–5, 7.
  3. ^ a b Portland's Indy Car Future (June 22, 1990). Portland International Raceway Official Program (USA): 85, retrieved December 10, 2011
  4. ^ *Philips, David (December 14, 1989). "Marching Ahead". On Track Auto Racing Magazine (Volume 9, No. 24 ed.). USA: 21.
  5. ^ *Phillips, David (December 14, 1989). "Mark of the Future". On Track Auto Racing Magazine (Volume 9, No. 24 ed.). USA: 22–26.
  6. ^ *Shaw, Jeremy (December 13, 1990). "Tracy's Racing Series". On Track Auto Racing Magazine (Volume 10, No. 24 ed.). USA: 38–40, 42–43.
  7. ^ *Shaw, Jeremy (December 13, 1991). "Rolling with the Punches". On Track Auto Racing Magazine; Volume 10, No. 24 (Volume 11, No. 24 ed.). USA: 36–40.
  8. ^ *"One To Watch: Mark Smith". Autosport. UK, USA. September 9, 1993.
  9. ^ *Indy Hell Week. On Track Magazine, June 18th, 1993. Retrieved on November 14, 2011.
  10. ^ Mittman, Dick. 'Curse Of The Smiths' Remains Part Of Indianapolis 500 Lore Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine., Indy500.com, November 4, 2004
  11. ^ *Tuttle, Tim (June 17th, 1994). Time Trials: Chasing Shadows. Retrieved on November 14, 2011.
  12. ^ *Phillips, David (December 12, 1988). "All the Answers (1988 Super Vee Season Review)". On Track Auto Racing Magazine. USA: 34–39.
  13. ^ *Phillips, David (January 1990). "True To Form (1989 Super Vee Season Review)". On Track Auto Racing Magazine. USA: 42–45.
  14. ^ *Dealey, Arley (February 9 – March 9, 1989). "Peter Jackson Formula Pacific Championship". On Track Auto Racing Magazine. USA: 35(2/9/89), 37(2/9/89), 18(2/23/89), 20(2/23/89), 42(3/9/89).
  15. ^ Cusick, Dave. "Exclusive Video Premiere: Alialujah Choir's "A House, A Home"". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  16. ^ White, Ryan. "Portland's Alialujah Choir sings praises of no-stress work ethic". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on 27 November 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  17. ^ "The Powder Road: Beautiful". SkiPressWorld.com. Ski Press. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  18. ^ *Burk, Bibliotekstjänst AB. "[1][permanent dead link]", "Swedish Royal Library", 2008. Retrieved on October 30, 2010.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ken Murillo
Formula Super Vee Series Champion
1989
Succeeded by
Stuart Crow