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Jonathan Byrd's Racing is an American racing team in the IndyCar Series. The team is owned by Virginia (Ginny) Byrd and her sons David and Jonathan Byrd II.[1][2]

United States Jonathan Byrd's Racing
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Founded1982[1]
Team principal(s)David Byrd
Jonathan Byrd II
Ginny Byrd[1][2]
Current seriesIndyCar Series
Current driversUnited States 33. James Davison (Indy 500)[3][4]
Websitehttp://www.jonathanbyrdsracing.com/

History 1982-2001Edit

Jonathan Byrd's Racing was created in 1982 by business owner Jonathan Byrd and initially ran Pro Stock with driver Jim Begley.[1][5] Later, they won a few USAC Midget car championships with Rich Vogler.[6] The team first entered the Indianapolis 500 in 1985 with Vogler.[2][7] Vogler ran for the Byrd team at Indianapolis from 1985-1990, with a best finish of eighth in 1989.[6][8] The death of team manager Andy Kenopensky from cancer caused the team to be merged with Hemelgarn Racing.[8] Stan Fox replaced drivers Rich Vogler and Billy Vukovich III, who both died in sprint car accidents before racing at the 1991 Indianapolis 500.[9] Fox would finish eighth in 1991.[6] Gordon Johncock came out of retirement to qualify Stan Fox's backup car, fell ill before the race due to the flu and an allergic reaction, but was able to compete and finish sixth.[8][10] Buddy Lazier would also race for the team, finishing thirty-third.[11] Stan Fox and Gordon Johncock returned as drivers for the 1992 Indianapolis 500.[11]

Scott Brayton drove for Dick Simon and Byrd at the 1993 Indianapolis 500 and finished sixth.[6][11][12] Byrd joined with A. J. Foyt Enterprises to field cars at the 1994 Indianapolis 500 for Double Duty driver John Andretti, who finished tenth.[6][13][14] Davy Jones drove for the Jonathan Byrd and Dick Simon in the 1995 Indianapolis 500.[15] The team won the Dura-Lube 200 with Arie Luyendyk at Phoenix International Raceway in 1996.[16] While partnering with Treadway Racing in 1996, Arie Luyendyk broke the track record for Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[5][6] Luyendyk suffered from two failed engines, switching to a backup car, and his initial pole time disqualified due to the car being underweight by seven pounds before setting the record.[17]

Mike Groff drove for Clayton Cunningham and Byrd in the 1996–97 Indy Racing League season.[18] Byrd-Cunningham driver John Paul Jr. won in the 1998 Lone Star 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.[6][19][20] Jonathan Byrd's Racing suspended operations after the 1999 Indianapolis 500. This was due to sponsorship issues and the VisionAire 500K.[21][22] Byrd completed regularly until the 2001 Indianapolis 500 with Jaques Lazier as that year's driver.[23] Jonathan Byrd had a stroke in 2004 after heart surgery, suffered paralysis on his right side, and died in 2009 from cardiac arrest.[1][6][24]

Byrd Brothers 2005Edit

Byrd Brothers completed at the 2005 Indianapolis 500 with Buddy Lazier as driver in a partnership with Panther Racing.[1][23][25] David and Jonathan, Byrd's sons, organized the team and worked with PR/sponsors.[24] Lazier suffered an accident due to a suspension failure on Carb Day, but after significant repairs would finish fifth in the 500.[24][26]

Reformation 2014-2016, 2018-2019Edit

The team announced plans to return at the 2015 Indianapolis 500 with driver Bryan Clauson and support from KVSH Racing.[25] Jonathan Byrd's Racing was originally intended to return at the 2016 Indianapolis 500, but plans were moved forward a year.[2][7] Bryan Clauson would qualify in last position (33rd) for the 2015 Indianapolis 500, beating Buddy Lazier.[27][28] Due to driver changes by other teams, Clauson would start 30th, and wrecked in Turn 4 on Lap 61 finishing 31st.[29][30][31][32]

Jonathan Byrd's Racing attempted the 2016 Indianapolis 500 with returning driver Bryan Clauson and support from Dale Coyne Racing.[33][34] He qualified 28th, would lead laps 97-99, and finished 23rd completing 198 laps.[35][36][37] Clauson was the first driver racing for Byrd to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500, and finished the most 500 laps in his career.[35] The team was unsure if they would continue racing due to the death of Clauson in August 2016, and did not enter the 2017 Indianapolis 500.[38][39]

Belardi Auto Racing partnered with Byrd, Baldwin Brothers Racing, and driver Chris Windom to enter the 2018 Indy Lights Freedom 100. Windom wrecked his car in testing and could not compete in the race.[40][41][42] Byrd with driver James Davison entered the 2018 Indianapolis 500. The team partnership included A. J. Foyt Enterprises, Belardi Auto Racing, and Hollinger MotorSport (Brad Hollinger).[43][44] Davison wrecked on Fast Friday, but the team repaired the car for Saturday qualifying, and almost didn't make the race. They would qualify 19th for race, but finish 33rd after wrecking in turns 3 and 4 on lap 47 due to car issues.[45][46][47]

Byrd joined with Belardi Auto Racing, Dale Coyne Racing and Hollinger MotorSport (Brad Hollinger) to enter driver James Davison in the 2019 Indianapolis 500.[3][4] Belardi Auto Racing partnered with Byrd and driver Chris Windom to enter the 2019 Indy Lights Freedom 100.[48]

Racing resultsEdit

Complete IndyCar resultsEdit

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers no. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
1996 WDW PHX INDY
Reynard 95I Ford-Cosworth XB   Arie Luyendyk1 5 14 1* 16
Lola T95I Ford-Cosworth XB   Johnny O'Connell2 75 7
Reynard T95I 5 29
1996–972 NHA LSV WDW PHX INDY TXS PPIR CLT NHA LSV
Reynard 95I Ford-Cosworth XB   Mike Groff 10 4 3
G-Force GF01 Nissan Infiniti V8 2 6 12 Wth
Oldsmobile Aurora V8 14 Wth
Nissan Infiniti V8   Johnny Unser 10
Oldsmobile Aurora V8 21 13
  Paul Durant (R) 26
19982 WDW PHX INDY TXS NHA DOV CLT PPIR ATL TXS LSV
G-Force GF01B Oldsmobile Aurora V8   Mike Groff 10 7 15 15
  Brian Tyler (R) DNQ
  John Paul Jr. 16 26 21 6 15 23 1 4
19992 WDW PHX CLT INDY TXS PPIR ATL DOV PPIR LSV TXS
G-Force GF01B Oldsmobile Aurora V8   John Paul Jr. 10 11 22 C3 DNQ
  Andy Michner DNQ
20004 WDW PHX LSV INDY TXS PPIR ATL KTY TXS
G-Force GF01B
Riley & Scott Mk V
Oldsmobile Aurora V8   Jon Herb 30 22
  Ronnie Johncox 14 13 DNQ DNS
  Robby Unser DNQ 26 21
  J.J. Yeley 17 15 25
20015 PHX HMS ATL INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH KTY GAT CHI TXS
G-Force GF05B Oldsmobile Aurora V8   Jaques Lazier 77 22 9 17
20056 HMS PHX STP MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON
Dallara IR-05 Chevrolet Indy V8   Buddy Lazier 95 5
20157 STP NLA LBH ALA IMS INDY DET TXS TOR FON MIL IOW MDO POC SNM
Dallara DW12 Chevrolet IndyCar V6t   Bryan Clauson 88 31
20168 STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY DET ROA IOW TOR MDO POC TXS WGL SNM
Dallara DW12 Honda IndyCar V6t   Bryan Clauson 88 23
  1. ^ Run in conjunction with Treadway Racing.
  2. ^ Run in conjunction with Cunningham Racing.
  3. ^ The 1999 VisionAire 500K at Charlotte was cancelled after 79 laps due to spectator fatalities.
  4. ^ Run in conjunction with McCormack Motorsports.
  5. ^ Run in conjunction with Team Xtreme Racing.
  6. ^ Run in conjunction with Panther Racing.
  7. ^ With support from KV Racing Technology.
  8. ^ With support from Dale Coyne Racing.

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