James King

Hometown:
Belleville IL
Status:
Member

James began racing a Porsche Roadster 1600S while a senior in college, but an army-sponsored tour of duty in Vietnam put his racing on hold until 1969 when he earned his first of three consecutive invitations to what is now the SCCA’s Runoffs, in the Formula Ford class … He jumped to the Formula B Club Racing class, then to professional Canadian Formula Atlantic series, driving for the late Doug Shierson … along the way, there were five more trips to the Runoffs … James became a factory March driver on its Formula 3 team in 1977, earning a sixth place in the BP F-3 Championship, and winning the series event at Cadwell Park, England … Between 1979 and ’87 he raced the Formula Atlantic class in both Club and pro series events, winning the Runoffs in 1982 with a Ralt … He put a roof over his helmet in 1987 long enough to finish second in the Camel Lights class of the Rolex 24 At Daytona with John Higgins, Howard Cherry and the late Chip Mead …The 1993 saw James change courses again, becoming deeply involved in Vintage racing through Shierson, winning the Watkins Glen F1 reunion in an ex-Brambilla March 761 … Since then he has raced historic F1, F2 and other sports cars on equally-historic circuits throughout Europe and the U. S., cherishing his third place finishes in an ex-Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax V8 F1 … In 1999 he drive the March 761 F-1 car to a fifth place in the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship … In 2000 he co-founded Historic Grand Prix, which organizes and sanctions races throughout the U.S. for 1966-83 three-liter F1 cars.

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