Tom Bigelow

Tom Bigelow

31/10/1939

Tom Bigelow is a former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He won the 1978 USAC Sprint Car Series Championship and the USAC Midwest Regional Title in 1982.

Tom Bigelow was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA and began his racing career with the Badger Midget Racing Association at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

He started racing in the National Championship in 1967 finishing 18th in the points. In 1968 he took two wins at Hales Corner, Wisconsin and at Sycamore, Illinois driving a very famous and very old midget owned by John Hajduk.

In 1969 he won the first Astro Grand Prix in the Houston Astrodome driving Duane Carter’s old “Speed Age” Kurtis Kraft. Over the next fifteen years Tom would become 5th in the list of all-time winners in USAC behind A.J. Foyt, Rich Vogler, Mel Kenyon and Gary Bettenhausen.

He raced at Indy nine times, finishing 6th in 1977 and 8th in 1980. He was the 1978 USAC Sprint Car Series Champion and became the leader in USAC Sprint car wins with 52.

In 1984 he returned to the midgets and won the USAC National Midget Series Championship. He came 4th, 3rd and 9th over the next three years and won the USAC Midwest Regional Title in 1982.

Tom raced in one NASCAR Winston Cup race in 1989, at Atlanta, finishing 40th.

He was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, in 2002.

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