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James Ernest Bryan (January 28, 1926 – June 19, 1960) was an American racecar driver who won the 1958 Indianapolis 500. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Bryan died as a result of injuries sustained in a champ car race at Langhorne Speedway.

Jimmy Bryan
Born(1926-01-28)January 28, 1926
Phoenix, Arizona
DiedJune 19, 1960(1960-06-19) (aged 34)
Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19511960
TeamsKuzma, Epperly, Kurtis Kraft, Schroeder, Lesovsky
Entries10 (9 starts)
Championships0
Wins1
Podiums3
Career points18
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1951 Indianapolis 500
First win1958 Indianapolis 500
Last win1958 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1960 Indianapolis 500
Grave site of James Ernest Bryan (1926-1960).
The trophy awarded to Jimmy Bryan for winning the 1957 running of the Race of Two Worlds on display at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum
Jimmy Bryan's Kuzma-Offenhauser, known as the Dean Van Lines Special

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CareerEdit

He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1952–1960 seasons with 72 starts, including each year's Indianapolis 500 race. He finished in the top ten 54 times, with 23 victories.

Bryan won the 1958 Indianapolis 500 and the 1954 AAA and 1956 and 1957 USAC National Championship. During his 1957 championship season, Bryan also won the inaugural running of the Race of Two Worlds at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy.[1]

Death and legacyEdit

He died after a crash in a Champ car race at Langhorne Speedway in 1960, on the same day that two drivers were killed in the Belgian Grand Prix, making the day one of the most tragic in racing history. For many years one of the two championship races at the Phoenix International Raceway was a memorial race dedicated to Bryan. He was also memorialized in a song by Harry Weger titled "The Ballad of Jimmy Bryan". Bryan is buried in Phoenix's Greenwood/Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery.

AwardsEdit

Complete AAA Championship Car resultsEdit

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos Points
1951 INDY
DNQ
MIL LAN DAR SPR MIL DUQ DUQ PIK SYR DET DNC SJS PHX BAY - 0
1952 INDY
6
MIL RAL SPR
DNQ
MIL DET DUQ PIK SYR DNC SJS
9
PHX
14
15th 440
1953 INDY
14
MIL
2
SPR
8
DET
3
SPR
15
MIL
10
DUQ
7
PIK SYR
17
ISF
11
SAC
1
PHX
15
9th 621,4
1954 INDY
2
MIL
DNS
LAN
1
DAR
3
SPR
12
MIL
3
DUQ
3
PIK SYR
4
ISF
1
SAC
1
PHX
1
LVG
1
1st 2.630
1955 INDY
24
MIL
4
LAN
1
SPR
1
MIL
23
DUQ
1
PIK SYR
2
ISF
1
SAC
1
PHX
1
2nd 1.480
1956 INDY
19
MIL
4
LAN
6
DAR
8
ATL SPR
1
MIL
1
DUQ
1
SYR
2
ISF
1
SAC
3
PHX
2
1st 1.860
1957 INDY
3
LAN
DNQ
MIL
19
DET
1
ATL
13
SPR
7
MIL
22
DUQ
18
SYR
4
ISF
2
TRE
8
SAC
2
PHX
1
1st 1.650
1958 TRE INDY
1
MIL LAN ATL SPR MIL DUQ SYR ISF TRE SAC PHX 6th 1.000
1959 DAY TRE INDY
33
MIL LAN SPR MIL DUQ SYR ISF TRE SAC PHX - 0
1960 TRE INDY
19
MIL
DNQ
LAN
18
SPR MIL DUQ SYR ISF TRE SAC PHX - 0

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1951 Viking Trailer Lesovsky Offenhauser L4 SUI 500
DNQ
BEL FRA GBR GER ITA ESP NC 0
1952 Peter Schmidt Kurtis Kraft 3000 Offenhauser L4 SUI 500
6
BEL FRA GBR GER NED ITA NC 0
1953 Blakely Oil Schroeder Offenhauser L4 ARG 500
14
NED BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA NC 0
1954 Dean Van Lines Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG 500
2
BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA ESP 10th 6
1955 Dean Van Lines Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG MON 500
24
BEL NED GBR ITA NC 0
1956 Dean Van Lines Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG MON 500
19
BEL FRA GBR GER ITA NC 0
1957 Dean Van Lines Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG MON 500
3
FRA GBR GER PES ITA 16th 4
1958 Belond AP / George Salih Epperly Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG MON NED 500
1
BEL FRA GBR GER POR ITA MOR 13th 8
1959 Belond AP / George Salih Epperly Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 MON 500
33
NED FRA GBR GER POR ITA USA NC 0
1960 Metal-Cal Epperly Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG
MON
500
19
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
POR
ITA
USA
NC 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1957 Race of Two Worlds Monza on YouTube
  2. ^ "Jimmy Bryan Indy 500 Race Stats". www.indy500.com. Archived from the original on 8 May 2006. Retrieved 5 March 2016.

External linksEdit