Nichels Engineering was an American racing car builder and team owner. It was run by crew chief / mechanic Ray Nichels.


It competed in many genres of racing starting in Midget car racing.[1] From there, the team progressed to Indy cars including the Indianapolis 500, land speed records, and NASCAR Grand National Series. After driver Paul Goldsmith won the 1957 Daytona Beach Road Course race, Nichels became the primary car builder for Pontiac; it took over the role for all of the Chrysler products in 1963.[1] Nichels-built stock cars won national races in USAC, NASCAR, Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and International Motor Contest Association (IMCA).[1] The team won the 1961 and 1962 USAC Stock Car championship with Goldsmith and the 1967 championship with Don White.[1] Nichels cars competed in two FIA World Championship races – the 1950 and 1954 Indy 500.


Ray Nichels was named to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2010.[2]

World Championship Indy 500 resultsEdit

Season Driver Grid Classification Points Note Race Report
1950 Paul Russo 19 9     Report
1954 Johnny Thomson 4 Ret   Retirement Report


  • Conversations with a Winner - The Ray Nichels Story, William LaDow. LaDow Publishing, July 2014 (scheduled)


  1. ^ a b c d LaDow, William. "Ray Nichels Biography". LaDow Publishing. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "14 Welcomed As New Midget Hall Class". National Speed Sport News. Retrieved December 27, 2013.

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