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John Mahler at the 2015 Indianapolis 500

John Mahler (born November 16, 1936, Alpha, Iowa), is a former open wheel race car driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1970-1973 and 1976-1981 seasons, with 39 combined career starts, including the 1972 and 1977-1979 Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 6 times, with his best finish in 6th position in 1970 at the Indianapolis Raceway Park road course.

Mahler qualified for the 1971 Indianapolis 500 but was replaced by his teammate who did not qualify, Dick Simon, due to sponsorship commitments. Mahler was presented with the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association Jigger Award for the driver with the most hard luck. He was a member of the 1977 and 1979 Last Row Party for earning a position in the 11th and final row of the starting grid.

Mahler currently owns and operates Classic Concrete Designs in Kansas City, Missouri.

Complete motorsports resultsEdit

American Open-Wheel racing resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

SCCA National Championship RunoffsEdit

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1969 Daytona McLaren Chevrolet Formula A 11 7 Not running

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1971 Vollstedt Ford Raced by Dick Simon
1972 McLaren Offy 29th 22nd
1973 Eagle Offy Failed to Qualify
1974 Eagle Offy Failed to Qualify
1976 Eagle Offy Failed to Qualify
1977 Eagle Offy 31st 14th
1978 Eagle Offy 17th 26th
1979 Eagle Offy 32nd 25th
1980 Finley Offy Failed to Qualify
1981 Penske Offy Failed to Qualify
1982 Penske Offy Qualifying Crash
1983 Lion Chevrolet Failed to Qualify

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