Jim Rathmann

Jim Rathmann


Jim Rathmann was actually born Richard Rathmann. he is a former American racing driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1960. After starting in the middle of the first row, Rathmann ran up front all day long. From the midway point on, Rathmann and fellow driver Rodger Ward were locked in a neck and neck duel for first. Tire wear became an issue as the race wore on and Rathmann was able to keep his wheels fresh long enough to outlast Ward to the finish. The race featured the most recorded lead changes in 500 history.

Jim Rathmann's actual name is Richard Rathmann. Born Richard, he and his older brother James (now known as Dick Rathmann) switched names so that he could enter a race while underage. For what was supposed to be a short time, he adopted the name "Jim" and his brother adopted the name "Dick." The name change stuck for life.

As the Indianapolis 500 was included in the Formula One World Championship from 1950 to 1960, he is credited with participation in 9 grands prix, debuting on May 30, 1950. He won 1 race, achieved 4 podiums, and scored a total of 29 championship points.

Rathmann also drove in 3 NASCAR Strictly Stock/Grand National races from 1949 to 1951.

Since retiring, Rathmann has run car dealerships. He is currently the oldest living winner of the Indy 500.

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