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Johnny Thomson

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Born:

09 Apr 1922
Lowell, Massachusetts

Died:

24 Sep 1960
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Nationality:

United States

Grands Prix:

8 (1953-1960)

Indy 500s:

8 (1953-1960)

Killed in a sprint car race at Allentown. Midget legend with many race wins and titles to his name. He also raised ponies. Johnny started racing in 1938 as a 16 year old at his home track of Lowell, Massachusetts before joining the US Air Force as a crew chief, fighting in Italy and Corsica with great distinction. After the war, he returned to midget racing, winning the 1951 AAA Eastern Midget title, before moving into sprint cars in 1952. Thomson's death led to Tommy Hinnershitz retiring immediately from racing.

Biography last updated 7 Aug 2015