Pete Halsmer

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Halsmer at the 2014 Indianapolis 500.

Pete Halsmer (born March 3, 1944 in Lafayette, Indiana), is a former driver in the CART Championship Car series. He raced in 5 seasons (1980, 1982–1985), with 33[1] career starts, and started in the Indianapolis 500 in 1981-1982. He finished in the top five three times in the CART series, with his best finish in 2nd position in 1983 at Cleveland. In 1992, Halsmer raced in the IROC series, representing IMSA. Pete drove for Ford/Roush (NASCAR owner Jack Roush) from 1986 through 1989 and won six Trans Am races and four GTO races winning the 1989 GTO championship. From 1990 through 1992 he drove for Mazda and won another GTO championship in 1991. From 1994 through 1997 he drove BMWs, winning four GT2 races and winning the Manufacturer's Title in 1996. From 1999 to 2004 he drove for and provided technical consulting for Honda America Race Team winning several championships in Motorola Cup and Grand Am Cup series. Halsmer is also a 3 time class winner at the 24 Hours of Daytona and was trained as a helicopter pilot and served in the Vietnam War.[2][3]

Racing record[edit]

SCCA National Championship Runoffs[edit]

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1974 Road Atlanta Brabham BT29 Cosworth Formula B 15 9 Retired

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

Complete USAC Mini-Indy Series results[edit]

Pete Halsmer at the 2016 Brickyard SVRA Pro-Am race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
1977 Race Research Inc. United States
TRE
United States
MIL
Canada
MOS
United States
PIR
3
12th 140
1978 Simpson Racers United States
PIR1
4
United States
TRE1
9
Canada
MOS
6
United States
MIL1
21
United States
TEX
24
United States
MIL2
15
United States
OMS1
10
United States
OMS2
10
United States
TRE2
19
United States
PIR2
23
12th 318
1979 United States
TEX1
4
United States
IRP
9
United States
MIL1
8
United States
POC
8
United States
TEX2
12
United States
MIL2
5
United States
MIN1
4
United States
MIN2
2
4th 650
1980 Frank Arciero United States
MIL
3
United States
POC
2
United States
MDO
23
United States
MIN1
4
United States
MIN2
14
United States
ONT
1
2nd 628

References[edit]

  1. ^ 33 starts do not include the 1981 or 1982 Indy 500, as it was not a CART race either year.
  2. ^ Pete Halsmer « Where are they now? « OldRacingCars.com
  3. ^ Indianapolis Motor Speedway