Dick Rathmann  United States

  • Full name James Rathmann
  • Birth date January 6, 1926
  • Birthplace Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Date of death February 1, 2000 (74 years 26 days)
  • Place of death Melbourne, Florida, United States
  • Relation Brother - R Rathmann
  • Teams Kurtis Kraft, Watson
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Watson 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 18 0 0 0 -
1956 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 4 0 0 2 23
1958 Watson 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 1 1 0 0 0 -
1959 Watson 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 4 0 0 0 -
1960 Watson 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 4 0 0 0 -
Total 5 5 0 0 1 5 1 1 1 0 0 2
Race Circuit Date
First race Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis May 30, 1950 Race results
Last race Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis May 30, 1960 Race results
Profile

He competed at the Indy 500 between 1950 and 1960, his best result was fifth in 1956. He started from pole at the 1958 event but crashed out at turn three in a massive pile-up. In doing so, he became the first driver to start the event from pole and not complete more than one lap. He retired in the 1960s to Florida to join his racer brother Jim in his successful Chevrolet dealership. He continued in the business until his death in 2000, at the age of 74.

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