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Jim Hickman (racing driver)

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James Franklin Hickman, II (May 9, 1943 – August 1, 1982) was an American racecar driver known as Jim Hickman.


Racing careerEdit

Hickman was a driver in the 1982 CART Indycar series and raced in 3 CART contests that year as well as the Indianapolis 500, which, that year, was not a CART event. He finished 3 of his 4 races in the top ten and was named Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, where he finished 7th.


Hickman died in a qualifying accident at the second Milwaukee Mile race of the 1982 season, practicing for the Tony Bettenhausen 200 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Published reports indicated that CART observers and technical personnel determined that a stuck throttle was the cause of the accident. Driving a 1982 March-Cosworth for Hoffman racing sponsored by Stroh's Beer, his car slammed into the concrete wall in the first turn of the one-mile (1.6 km) oval. It took safety officials about 15 minutes to pry the 39-year-old former Navy fighter pilot out of the wreckage. He was pronounced dead about 12 hours later in a Milwaukee hospital. Dr. Steve Olvey, medical director for CART, said Hickman died of head injuries. The accident occurred with less than five minutes remaining in the final practice session.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Hickman was born to Ioma Hickman (1922–2006) and James Franklin (1923–1966), in Panama, Oklahoma. He had two younger brothers, Hercel Harvey Hickman and Terry Lynn Hickman. He was a 1966 graduate of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK.


He was survived by his wife, Lynda, and two children, Ashley and James Franklin III.

Racing recordEdit

SCCA National Championship RunoffsEdit

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1980 Road Atlanta Crosslé 40F Ford Formula Ford 20 29 Running
1981 Road Atlanta Ralt RT5 Volkswagen Formula Continental 1 1 Running
Crosslé 45F Ford Formula Ford 20 Running


  1. ^ "Hickman, Race Driver, Dies". AP. New York Times. 2 August 1982. Retrieved 20 October 2011.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Josele Garza
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

Succeeded by
Teo Fabi