Dale Whittington

Dale Whittington (September 23, 1959 – June 14, 2003), was an American racing driver. Born in Farmington, New Mexico, he was the youngest of three sons born to 1950’s race car owner Dick Whittington.[1] Dale Whittington has 3 sons R.D Whittington, Dale Whittington Jr & Blake Whittington. He has one Grandchild Dale Whittington III. Dale Whittington was not married at the time of his death.


Indy 500Edit

Despite having little oval experience,[1] Whittington entered the 1982 Indianapolis 500, joining his brothers Bill and Don to become the only trio of siblings to qualify for the same race at Indy. He qualified 23rd, on the eighth row.[1]

On race day, he found himself caught up in the infamous Kevin Cogan crash. During the final pace lap, just before the green flag was to drop on the frontstretch, Kevin Cogan struck A. J. Foyt, and then Mario Andretti. As the field checked up to avoid the carnage, Whittington locked his brakes and spun into Roger Mears, a driver in the sixth row. All four drivers were eliminated from the race.[1] Dale was out of the race having never taken the green flag, and never again managed to qualify at Indy.

Later yearsEdit

Whittington was not involved with the 1980s IMSA Camel GT drug smuggling scandal which involved his brothers (Bill and Don) as well as Randy Lanier, John Paul Sr., and John Paul, Jr. Both of his brothers received prison time.[citation needed]

Whittington transitioned to endurance racing, competing in the ALMS series, as well as competing at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1999 and 2000. He competed in Grand-Am in 2001 often racing with his brother, Don.

Whittington was a developer responsible for developing Tampa Bay Golf and Tennis and later worked at World Jet owned by his brother Don at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE). He died on June 14, 2003. He was found dead by his oldest son.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

American Open Wheel racing resultsEdit

(key)

Complete USAC Mini-Indy Series resultsEdit

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pos Points
1979 TEX1 IRP MIL1 POC TEX2
6
MIL2
12
MIN1
3
MIN2
21
14th 233

Indianapolis 500Edit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Entrant
1982 March Engineering Cosworth DFX 23 33 Whittington Bros. Racing

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1980   Whittington Bros. Racing   Don Whittington
  Hurley Haywood
Porsche 935 IMSA 151 37th 11th
1981   Joest Racing   Reinhold Joest
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
Porsche 908 S+2.0 60 39th 10th

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