Richie Ginther  United States

  • Full name Paul Richard Ginther
  • Birth date August 5, 1930
  • Birthplace Hollywood, California, United States
  • Date of death September 20, 1989 (59 years 46 days)
  • Place of death Touzac-Le Roucou, France
  • Teams BRM, Cooper, Eagle, Ferrari, Honda, Scarab
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1960 Ferrari, Scarab 4 3 0 1 3 2 0 1 2 0 0 8 9
1961 Ferrari 7 7 0 3 6 2 0 4 2 2 0 16 5
1962 BRM 9 9 0 2 5 2 0 1 2 0 0 10 8
1963 BRM 10 10 0 5 8 2 0 0 4 0 0 34 3
1964 BRM 10 10 0 2 10 2 0 0 5 0 0 23 5
1965 Honda 8 8 1 1 5 1 0 2 3 0 0 11 7
1966 Cooper, Honda 5 5 0 0 2 4 0 0 3 1 0 5 11
1967 Eagle 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
Total 54 52 1 14 39 1 0 8 2 3 0 107
Race Circuit Date
First race Monaco Grand Prix Monaco May 29, 1960 Race results
Last race Monaco Grand Prix Monaco May 7, 1967 Race results
Profile

With the exception of Dan Gurney and Phil Hill, Richie was the only American Formula One driver to succeed in the 1960s. He made his name racing a Porsche in the late 1950s. This earned him a works Ferrari sports car contract and brought him to Europe for 1960. He drove in only three grands prix that year, scoring each time, peaking with second at Monza.

Another second place followed in 1961, at Monaco, and another at the same venue in 1962 when he had joined BRM. Over the next two years he was second another five times, but that vital win finally came, for him and for Honda, in Mexico in 1965. He quit racing in 1967, later dropping out to live in a camper van before dying of a heart attack in 1989.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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May 7, 1967

Ritchie Ginther failed to qualify the stunning Eagle-Weslake for the race

October 3, 1965

Richie Ginther heads out to the track

July 10, 1965

Tyre smoke fills the air as the field moves off with Jackie Stewart nearest the camera, then Richie Ginther and Jim Clark, with John Surtees in the second row

     

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