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Jimmy Bryan


James Ernest Bryan (January 28, 1926 - June 19, 1960) was an American racecar driver.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Bryan died in Langhorne, Pennsylvania as a result of injuries sustained in a champ car race. He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1952-1960 seasons with 72 starts, including each year's Indianapolis 500 race. He finished in the top ten 54 times, with 23 victories.

Bryan won the 1958 Indianapolis 500 and the 1954(AAA), 1956 and 1957(USAC) National Championship.

As the Indianapolis 500 counted as a round of the Formula One World championship from 1950 to 1960 his career is credited with participation in 9 grands prix, with 1 win, 3 podiums and 18 championship points scored. (Note that drivers who won the Indy 500 only are often not listed in totals of Grand Prix winners, as the race's inclusion in the World Championship was largely symbolic, with very few F1 drivers taking part.)

He died after a crash in a Champ car race at Langhorne Speedway in 1960, on the same day that two drivers were killed in the Belgian Grand Prix, making the day one of the most tragic in racing history.

Awards

Formula One Indy 500 results

Season Driver Number Output Grid Classification Points Note Report
1952 77 Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 21 6 0 Report
1953 8 Schroeder-Offenhauser 31 14 0 Report
1954 9 Kuzma-Offenhauser 3 2 *PODIUM* 6 Report
1955 1 Kuzma-Offenhauser 11 Ret 0 Fuel Pump Report
1956 2 Kuzma-Offenhauser 19 19 0 Report
1957 1 Kuzma-Offenhauser 15 3 *PODIUM* 4 Report
1958 1 Epperly-Offenhauser 7 1 *WON* 8 Report
1959 6 Epperly-Offenhauser 20 Ret 0 Engine Report
1960 10 Epperly-Offenhauser 10 Ret 0 Fuel System Report

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Indianapolis 500 Winners
Four-time winners

A. J. FoytAl Unser, Sr.Rick Mears

Three-time winners

MeyerShawRoseRutherfordB. Unser

Two-time winners

MiltonVukovichWardJohncockFittipaldiLuyendykUnser, Jr.Castroneves

One win

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