Michael Roe (racing driver)

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Michael Roe (born August 8, 1955[1]) is a former racing driver from Naas, Ireland.

Roe began racing in Formula Ford and won the 1978 Formula Ford Festival. The following year he drove in British Formula Three and finished in 9th place in his rookie campaign with 2 podium finishes for David Clark's team. In 1983 he moved to the United States to compete in the single-seat Can-Am series where he finished 8th in the championship. In 1984 Roe won 7 of the 10 rounds of the series on his way to dominating the championship, setting a series record for wins in a season as well as poles in a season (all 10 rounds).[2][3][4] The following year Roe competed in CART Championship Car racing and made four starts for Hemelgarn Racing with a best finish of 7th at Portland followed up by an 8th-place finish later that month at Meadowlands Racetrack. His two point-scoring finishes were good enough for 27th place in the championship. He also attempted to qualify his Hemelgarn Lola-Cosworth for the Indianapolis 500, but he was bumped from the field.[5]

Racing record[edit]

PPG Indycar Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
1985 Hemelgarn Racing Lola T900 Cosworth DFX V8t LBH
21
INDY
DNQ
MIL POR
7
MEA
8
CLE
26
MCH ROA POC MDO SAN MCH LAG PHX MIA 27th 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Roe, Where Are They Now, OldRacingCars.com, 2016
  2. ^ Can-Am 1984 season review, OldRacingCars.com, 2016
  3. ^ Can-Am 1984, ClassicCars.com, last updated April 10, 2003
  4. ^ Young, Fred. Can-Am Champions, DeepThrottle.com History, 2004
  5. ^ Michael Roe, ChampCarStats.com
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chico Serra
Formula Ford Festival Winner
1978
Succeeded by
Don MacLeod
Preceded by
Jacques Villeneuve
Can-Am Champion
1984
Succeeded by
Rick Miaskiewicz