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Lyn St. James (born Evelyn Gene Cornwall; March 13, 1947) is an American former racecar driver. She competed in the IndyCar series, with eleven CART and five Indy Racing League starts to her name. St. James is one of nine women who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500, and became the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award (to date, the oldest driver to ever win the award at 45).[1] She also has two class victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona,[2] and won the GTO class, partnering with Calvin Fish and Robby Gordon, at the 1990 12 Hours of Sebring.[3] Additionally she has competed in endurance racing in Europe, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Nürburgring; in the latter, her AMC Spirit team, which included racer/actor James Brolin, placed first and second in class in 1979.[4][5]

Lyn St. James
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St. James at the 2015 Indianapolis 500
Nationality United States
BornCarol Gene Cornwall
(1947-03-13) March 13, 1947 (age 72)
Willoughby, Ohio, U.S.
Retired2001
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active1996–2001
TeamsZunne Group Racing
Team Scandia
Hemelgarn Racing
Dick Simon Racing
Starts5
Wins0
Poles0
Best finish8th Orlando in 1996
Previous series
1992–1995CART
Awards
1992Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

St. James founded the 501(c)(3) Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation in 1994 and is a motivational speaker. She has served on the board of trustees of Kettering University, and since 2015, serves as an appeal panelist for NASCAR's National Motorsports Appeals Panel.[6]

Racing recordEdit

12 Hours of Sebring resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1978   Autodyne   Luis Sereix
  Phil Currin
Chevrolet Corvette GTO 186 17th 6th
1979   Thunderbird Swap-Shop   Bonnie Henn
  Janet Guthrie
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 GTO 194 17th 8th
1980   Condor Racing   Ralph Kent-Cooke Porsche 935 GTX 87 DNF DNF
1983   Nimrod Racing   Reggie Smith
  Drake Olson
Nimrod NRA/C2-Aston Martin GTP 224 5th 3rd
1987   Roush Racing   Tom Gloy Ford Mustang GTO 213 31st 9th
1988   Roush Racing   Deborah Gregg Mercury Merkur XR4Ti GTO 282 8th 2nd
1990   Roush Racing   Robby Gordon
  Calvin Fish
Mercury Cougar XR-7 GTO 278 6th 1st
1998   TRV Motorsport   Jeret Schroeder
  Tom Volk
Kudzu DL-4-Chevrolet GTO 283 17th 4th

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1989   Spice Engineering   Ray Bellm
  Gordon Spice
Spice SE89C-Ford C1 229 DNF DNF
1991   Euro Racing
  A.O. Racing
  Desiré Wilson
  Cathy Muller
Spice SE90C-Ford C1 47 DNF DNF

American Open Wheel racing resultsEdit

(key)

CARTEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1992 Dick Simon Racing  
SRF
 
PHX
 
LBH
 
IND
11
 
DET
 
POR
 
MIL
 
NHA
 
TOR
 
MIC
 
CLE
 
ROA
 
VAN
 
MDO
 
NAZ
 
LS
31st 2
1993 Dick Simon Racing  
SRF
 
PHX
13
 
LBH
17
 
IND
Ret
 
MIL
 
DET
DNQ
 
POR
20
 
CLE
Ret
 
TOR
 
MIC
Ret
 
NHA
 
ROA
 
VAN
 
MDO
 
NAZ
 
LS
36th 0
1994 Dick Simon Racing  
SRF
 
PHX
 
LBH
 
IND
19
 
MIL
 
DET
 
POR
 
CLE
 
TOR
 
MIC
 
MDO
 
NHA
 
VAN
 
ROA
 
NAZ
 
LS
48th 0
1995 Dick Simon Racing  
MIA
 
SRF
 
PHX
 
LBH
 
NAZ
 
IND
Ret
 
MIL
20
 
DET
 
POR
 
ROA
 
TOR
 
CLE
 
MIC
Ret
 
MDO
 
NHA
 
VAN
 
LS
39th 0

IndyCarEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
1996 Simon/Scandia Racing  
WDW
8
12th 186
Team Scandia  
PHX
21
Zunne Group Racing  
INDY
14
1996–1997 Lyn St. James Racing
Hemelgarn Racing
 
NHM
 
LVS
 
WDW
 
PHX
 
INDY
13
 
TXS
 
PPIR
 
CLT
 
NH2
 
LV2
42nd 22
1998 Team Pelfrey  
WDW
 
PHX
 
INDY
DNQ
 
TXS
 
NHM
 
DOV
 
CLT
 
PPIR
 
ATL
 
TX2
 
LVS
NC
1999 Lyn St. James Racing  
WDW
 
PHX
 
INDY
DNQ
 
TXS
 
PPIR
 
ATL
 
DOV
 
PPI2
 
LVS
 
TX2
NC
2000 Dick Simon Racing  
WDW
 
PHX
 
LVS
 
INDY
32
 
TXS
 
PPIR
 
ATL
 
KTY
 
TX2
49th 1

Indianapolis 500Edit

 
Female closed circuit speed record attempt car
Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1992 Lola Chevrolet 27 11
1993 Lola Ford-Cosworth 21 25
1994 Lola Ford-Cosworth 6 19
1995 Lola Ford-Cosworth 28 32
1996 Lola Ford-Cosworth 18 14
1997 Dallara Infiniti 34 13
1998 G-Force Infiniti DNQ
1999 G-Force Oldsmobile DNQ
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile 32 32

Complete American Le Mans Series resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
1999 TRV Motorsport LMP Riley & Scott Mk III Chevrolet 6.0 L V8 G SEB ATL MOS SON POR PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON LSV 90th 0

PersonalEdit

Lyn St. James was born Carol Gene Cornwall, but shortly after birth, her first name was changed to Evelyn, after her aunt. After her first marriage to John Carusso, she changed her name to Lyn Carusso. Eventually she would adopt the professional name Lyn St. James in her business and racing activities. She got the idea from name of actress Susan Saint James. Upon her divorce from Carusso, she legally changed her name to Lyn St. James.[7]

See alsoEdit

  • AMC Spirit article including information about St James' team at the 1979 Nürburgring event

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Was Rubens Barrichello the oldest man ever to be "Rookie of the Year" at Indianapolis?". ESPN UK. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "Lyn St. James Racing History". Sports Car Club of America. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "1990 12 Hours of Sebring Results". Racing Sports Car. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Mattar, George (February 2005). "AMC Invades Germany – circa 1979". Hemmings Muscle Machines. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  5. ^ "When the Americans Conquered the Nurburgring with an AMC Spirit". R&T Magazine. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  6. ^ "Meet the National Motorsports Appeals Panel". NASCAR.com. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  7. ^ Eversley, Ryan; Heckman, Sean (December 15, 2017). "Lyn St. James". Dinner with Racers. Season 3. Episode 79. Retrieved July 11, 2019.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jeff Andretti
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1992
Succeeded by
Nigel Mansell