Jim Guthrie (racing driver)
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Jim Guthrie (born September 13, 1961 in Gadsden, Alabama) is a former driver in the Indy Racing League. He debuted in the Indy Racing League in 1996 with moderately successful results. When the IRL moved to purpose-built chassis in 1997, Guthrie was forced to take out a second mortgage to purchase a new chassis. With no sponsorship and the prospects of losing his house if his venture was unsuccessful, he won the second race in the new chassis at Phoenix International Raceway. He got sponsorship from Jacuzzi for the Indianapolis 500 and was able to finish the season (placing 12th in season points) winning Rookie of the Year honors and kept his house. Jim contested four races in 1998, but then during the Indianapolis 500, he was seriously injured in a multi-car crash, but he returned later in the season for two different teams. He attempted the 1999 Indianapolis 500 but failed to qualify his Coulson Racing entry.
|Born||September 13, 1961|
|Indy Racing League IndyCar Series|
Riley & Scott
|Best finish||12th in 1996-1997|
|1997||Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year|
Jim was later an owner of Guthrie Meyer Racing in the Firestone Indy Lights Series that fielded a car for his son Sean, who raced in the Star Mazda Series in 2005. The team began with 2005 IPS driver Travis Gregg at Homestead, and 2005 Star Mazda champion Raphael Matos scoring the team's first two wins at St. Petersburg (there were two races on that weekend). For the 2008 season, the team had 3 cars with Logan Gomez filling the second seat and the third was run by Tom Wieringa and Robbie Pecorari. Franck Perera joined the team for the second half of the season and captured a win at Infineon Raceway.
Today, Guthrie is actively involved in the local community in Albuquerque. His business, Car Crafters, has recently expanded to 5 locations around the Albuquerque area. One of his latest interests is triathlons, as he completed his first Half-Ironman in April 2016 in Monterrey, Mexico.
American Open Wheel Racing resultsEdit
Indy Racing LeagueEdit
|1996||Blueprint Racing||Lola T93/00||Menard Indy V6t||WDW
|1996-1997||Blueprint Racing||Lola T93/00||Menard Indy V6t||NHM
|Buick 3300 V6t||LVS
|Dallara IR7||Oldsmobile Aurora V8||WDW
|1998||ISM Racing||G-Force GF01B||Oldsmobile Aurora V8||WDW
|Cobb Racing||G-Force GF01B||Infiniti VRH35ADE V8||DOV
|Oldsmobile Aurora V8||CLT
|Riley & Scott||Riley & Scott Mk V||Oldsmobile Aurora V8||LVS
|1999||Coulson Racing||Dallara IR9||Oldsmobile Aurora V8||WDW||PHX||INDY
|2001||Blueprint Racing||G-Force GF05B||Oldsmobile Aurora V8||PHX||HMS||ATL||INDY
|1999||Dallara||Oldsmobile||Failed to Qualify|