Born on this day (22nd - May)
1895 - 1941
1907 - 1989
1915 - 1993
1929 - 2001
Died on this day (22nd - May)
1881 - 1913
IMSA and CART driver.
Started out in Formula Atlantic Championship in 1974. Raced in F3 in England for a year with Doug Shierson. Made six starts in the CART Series between 1980 and 1983 (His best finish was a 9th at Phoenix in 81) but was best know as a sports car driver.
Through the late 70' and 80's he drove a wide variety of sports cars in IMSA and CanAm, from 911's to 934's and from the Fabcar Porshe to a Lola T711 Chevrolet.
1987 was probably his best year driving the Porsche Fabcar, ofter refered to as the Baby 962. The team came second in class in the 24 Hours of Daytona, won their class at the 12 Hours of Sebring, won their class again at the Miami Grand Prix, took another second in the West Palm Beach GP. Racing against factory teams from Ferrari, Buick, Pontiac and Mazda, the Daytona-based team were front runners all season, adding the California 500 at Sears Point to their record. Mead was awarded the Porsche Cup for their accomplishments.
He was killed in a plane crash the day before Alan Kulwicki's fatal plane crash.