William Marvin "Bill" Whittington (born September 11, 1949) is an American racing driver from Lubbock, Texas who won the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans together with his brother Don Whittington and Klaus Ludwig in a Porsche 935. The German professional Klaus Ludwig, multiple winner at Le Mans and elsewhere, did most of the driving in the heavy rain as the brothers did not have any real racing experience prior to the late 1970s. Bill's brother Dale also competed in open wheel racing.
In 1986, Bill pleaded guilty to income tax evasion and conspiracy to smuggle marijuana into the United States from Colombia and was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to surrender $7 million in property and other assets. In 1987, his brother Don Whittington pleaded guilty to money laundering charges in association with his brother's activities. In addition to Bill and Don Whittington, Randy Lanier, John Paul Sr. and John Paul Jr. were part of the IMSA drug smuggling scandal of the 1980s, where a number of drivers financed their racing activities with the proceeds from drug smuggling.
In 2005, Bill's daughters, Nerissa Whittington and Keely Reyes, purchased The Springs, in Pagosa Springs; the facility includes a hotel, spa and outdoor hot springs facility.
Indy 500 resultsEdit
| Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
- SPORTS PEOPLE; Whittingtons Sentenced, New York Times, January 6, 1986, Retrieved 2011-04-21
- Siano, Joseph. Auto Racing; Paul Returns From Prison, New York Times, February 5, 1989, Retrieved 2011-04-21