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Born on this day (25th - April)

Arthur Chevrolet

1884 - 1946


Herb Ardinger

1910 - 1973


Jean Lucas

1917 - 2003


Sergio Sighinolfi

1925 - 1956


Hans Laine

1945 - 1970


Vicente Alberto Pernía

1949


Cor Euser

1957


Duncan Dayton

1959


Klaus Panchyrz

1963


1965


Felipe Massa

1981



Died on this day (25th - April)

Frank Lockhart

1903 - 1928


Fred Frame

1894 - 1962


1934 - 1965


1895 - 1972


Michele Alboreto

1956 - 2001


John Love

1924 - 2005


Archie Bryde

1919 - 2008



Jim McWithey
Jim McWithey
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UNITED STATES

Born
4 / 7 / 1927
Died
1 / 2 / 2009
Jim McWithey was born Grammer, Indiana. He raced in Midgets and competed in the Indy 500 twice (1959 and 1960).

Jim McWithey was born Grammer, Indiana. He raced in Midgets and competed AAA sprint cars between 1956 and 1961.

He made his first attempt to race at Indy in 1956 but fialed to qualify the Dayton Steel Foundry Schroeder Offy. He attended 11 races that year, failing to qualify on 6 occasions. He finished twice with a best resukt of 11th on the dirt oval in Phoenix in December.

In 1957 he crashed in qualifying for the Indy 500 and didn't finish a single sprint car race and 1958 was no better.

He finally made the grid at the Brickyard in 1958 and after qualiying his Kurtis 500C Offy in 33rd he crossed the line in 16th place. He then drove a Lesovsky Offy and put together a run of respectable results which saw him finish 4th on three occasions in September and October.

He started 1960 in the Kuzma Offy finishing a career best third at Trenton and followed this with fourth at Langhorne, both in April. In MAy he once again qualified the Epperly Offy at Indy but down in 32nd spot. In the race he lost his brakes and retired. In five more racse that year he failed to qualify or finsih.

1961 saw him fail to qualify in the four races he attended and he retired.

Later he became a car salesman in Anderson, Indiana.

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