Jim Rathmann  United States

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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Wetteroth 1 1 0 0 1 24 0 0 28 0 0 0 -
1952 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 10 0 0 6 10
1953 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 0 1 7 0 0 25 0 0 0 -
1954 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 28 0 0 0 -
1955 Epperly 1 1 0 0 1 14 0 0 20 0 0 0 -
1956 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 1 2 0 0 0 -
1957 Epperly 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 32 1 0 7 10
1958 Epperly 1 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 20 0 0 2 21
1959 Watson 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 6 11
1960 Watson 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 8 8
Total 10 10 1 4 8 1 0 3 2 2 0 29
Race Circuit Date
First race Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis May 30, 1950 Race results
Last race Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis May 30, 1960 Race results
Profile

Jim Rathmann, born on this day in Alhambra, California, drove in all but one of the 11 Indianapolis 500s between 1950 and 1960 which counted towards the FIA World Championship, winning the last one and also finishing second on three occasions. He also participated in the two runnings of the Race of Two Worlds at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy, winning the 1958 event. He had six victories in addition to his Indy 500 win.

His 1960 win featured the most recorded lead changes in 500 history. After starting in the middle of the first row, Rathmann led throughout. From the midway point on, Rathmann and fellow driver Rodger Ward were locked in a neck and neck duel for first. Tyre wear became an issue as the race wore on and Rathmann was able to keep his wheels fresh long enough to outrace Ward to the finish.

After retiring, Rathmann owned Chevrolet dealerships in Palm Bay and Melbourne, Florida. In 2007 he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

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May 30, 1960

Jim Rathmann leads Rodger Ward at the 1960 Indianapolis 500

May 30, 1959

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