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David Kudrave (born March 10, 1966 in Los Angeles), is an American former open wheel racing driver. He raced in the 1993 CART season, with 8 career starts. His best finish came in his first race, the Valvoline 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kudrave also raced in the 1996 and 1996-1997 Indy Racing League seasons, with 3 starts. Coincidentally, his best IRL finish was in 10th position in the 1996 Dura Lube 200, also at PIR. Currently, David is out of racing and is in the real estate brokerage business in Southern California.

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Early lifeEdit

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Kudrave and his father would annually journey from their family home to the now defunct Ontario Motor Speedway where they would watch racing legends like Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, and others compete. He has described this experience by saying "Those drivers were thrill-seekers and I knew then that I wanted to get into it.[1]" This led Kudrave to begin racing at just 12 years old. He attended the Jim Russell British School of Motor Racing at 15 years old, lying about his age in order to be eligible for the program, but still beating the older attendees in most of the races that he participated in. He began competing in a racing series sponsored by Russell after finishing the program and then moved up to the Formula Ford Circuit, a class generally regarded as the most competitive amateur open-wheel class in the nation. Kudrave also attended the University of Southern California, majoring in Economics.

Early careerEdit

In 1985, Kudrave officially became a professional open-wheel race car driver by moving up to the Super Vee Series, which features cars with 200 horsepower engines. Just one year after he entered the series, he finished the season in sixth place. In 1987 he won three races, one pole position, and led for more laps and miles than any other competitor. He finished the series in second, just 20 points behind series champion Scott Atchinson.[2] His worst race finish that year was fourth place, and he was voted the series "Most Improved Driver". That year Kudrave was publicly praised by then Formula One driver Dan Gurney, who said "He's talented, no doubt about it."

CARTEdit

1993 SeasonEdit

Kudrave made his CART debut in 1993, racing for the Euromotorsport team. His first start was in the Valvoline 200 in Phoenix Arizona. Throughout his first season he had 7 starts, with his best finish in eighth place. He finished the season with 6 points.

1994 SeasonEdit

With growing tension and criticism of the CART Series, the 1994 season was plagued by rumors that the series was going to fall apart. Kudrave did not start in any races that year, but would return to racing the following year in the newly-formed Indy Racing League (now called the IndyCar Series).

IndyCarEdit

1996 SeasonEdit

Kudrave's return to racing with Tempero-Giuffre Racing started in the Indy 200 at the Walt Disney World Speedway, where he finished in twentieth. This was then followed by a tenth-place finish in Phoenix. In the third round of the season, he was set to race in the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, before a complication within his team prevented him from being able to participate in the race. After the third round, Kudrave would not start another race until the following season. He finished the season with 80 points, ranked 19th overall.

1996-1997 SeasonEdit

Kudrave participated in just one race in the 1996-1997 Season in the Indy 225, which took place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He finished the race in 17th place, giving him 18 points for the season. At the end of the season he was ranked 47th overall. The 1996-1997 Indy Racing League Season would be his final season of his racing career.

Racing recordEdit

American Open WheelEdit

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CARTEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1993 Euromotorsport SRF PHX
8
LBH
DNS
IND MIL
Ret
DET POR
Ret
CLE TOR MIC
12
NHA
Ret
ROA VAN MDO
Ret
NAZ
14
LS 27th 6
1994 Euromotorsport SRF
DNQ
PHX
DNQ
LBH
DNQ
IND MIL DET POR CLE TOR MIC MDO NHA VAN ROA NAZ LS NC 0

IndyCarEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
1996 Tempero-Giuffre Racing WDW
20
PHX
10
INDY 19th 80
1996-1997 Tempero-Giuffre Racing NHM
17
LVS WDW PHX INDY TXS PPIR CLT NH2 LV2 47th 18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ KLEIN, GARY (1989-07-13). "FINISHING SCHOOL : Kudrave Hopes Successful ARS Season Leads to Chance to Drive Indy Cars". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  2. ^ Brown, Allen. "US Formula Super Vee 1987". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 22 September 2017.

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