Joe Barzda

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22 May 1915
New Brunswick, New Jersey


11 Oct 1993
Somerset, New Jersey


United States

Grands Prix:

0 (1951-1953)

Indy 500s:

0 (1951-1953)

Quit after Van Johnson's fatal crash in 1959, in which Joe was involved in. With brother Jim, he ran the Californian speed and Sport shop in New Jersey which fielded cars in lots of events, including CART and endurance racing. Barzda enjoyed a long career which started in 1934, before he bought and then built his own cars to race in midget and sprint car racing. Barzda's 1951 Indianapolis 500 attempt was notable as he tried to qualify his own 8CTF Maserati pre-war Grand Prix car, which Barzda tweaked to accommodate an Offenhauser engine. Barzda had a brief break from the sport in the 1950's before returning in 1958 and remained competitive during his whole career.

Biography last updated 22 Jun 2017