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Jim Packard

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Born:

23 Dec 1931
Hendersonville, North Carolina

Died:

01 Oct 1960
Fairfield, Illinois

Nationality:

United States

Grands Prix:

0 (1959-1960)

Indy 500s:

0 (1959-1960)

Killed in a midget race, just after his first Champ Car win. Highly rated, varied driver who had many wins in sprint cars, having only started racing in 1956 once his military service was complete. Served in the Korean War and was also stationed overseas in Germany. His widow, Betty, later worked in Formula 1 - for Team Lotus in the North American Grand Prix's as a lap charter and at Indianapolis - she was an office manager for George Bignotti's team for a while -and became the first woman to edit a national financial magazine in the US as well as being the first woman in Indiana to file for equal pay for equal work.

Biography last updated 28 Jan 2016