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Jim McElreath

Jim McElreath. Copyright Ron Nelson, owner of www.classicvintagemotorsports.com, 2012. Used with Permission.

Jim McElreath. Copyright Ron Nelson, owner of www.classicvintagemotorsports.com, 2012. Used with Permission.

Jim McElreath. Copyright Brian Crowe, 2011. Used with Permission.

Jim McElreath. Copyright Brian Crowe, 2011. Used with Permission.

Born:

18 Feb 1928
Arlington, Texas

Nationality:

United States

Indy 500s:

15 (1962-1982)

Now retired, having lost a son - James in a racing crash - and daughter - Shirley in the same aeroplane crash that killed her husband Tony Bettenhausen Jr. - in tragic circumstances and caring for his seriously ill wife. Jim, himself, has also had to battle leukemia in the last few years, which appears to be in remission. Despite all this, he keeps close links with the sport and even drove in the 2003 'Heroes of Indy' race - despite being 75 years of age! McElreath started racing on short-track dirt ovals in modified stock cars as long ago as 1945 before then establishing himself in midgets and then Inydcars, taking 6 wins in the series over five years. He didn't retire driving from the sport until he was 67 in 1995.

Biography last updated 21 Jan 2016