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Jim Hall (racing driver)

Jim Hall
Jim Hall in 2013
Jim Hall in 2013
Born (1935-07-23) July 23, 1935
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality American
Active years 1960 - 1963
Teams non-works Lotus
Entries 12 (11 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 3
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1960 United States Grand Prix
Last entry 1963 Mexican Grand Prix

Jim Hall (born July 23, 1935 in Abilene, Texas[1]) is a former racecar driver and constructor from the United States. He competed in Formula One from 1960 to 1963, participating in 12 World Championship Grands Prix and numerous non-Championship races.[2] He scored three World Championship points.

Hall's special place in motorsports history came as the result of him being the "motivating force" and part owner, with Hap Sharp, of Chaparral Cars. Based in Hall's hometown of Midland, Texas, during the 1960s, in the United States Road Racing Championship, and later in the Can-Am, Chaparral cars were the most innovative cars in racing. Hall was a very early adopter of aerodynamics applied to race cars and was the leading proponent of that technology for an entire decade. He had a sabbatical in the early 1970s, racing in several SCCA Trans-Am Series races. Hall's Chaparral Cars team came back to prominence in the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) series, including two wins in the Indianapolis 500 in 1978 and 1980; the latter with the first of the ground effect cars to be raced in the event. He would later turn to using off-the-shelf racecars to race in his Indycar team which was renamed Jim Hall Racing until 1996, when he retired from racing altogether. He now resides in Midland, remaining active in the oil and gas business, and motorsports racing legacies.

An entire wing portrays the saga of Hall and Chaparral Cars at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland. [2] His son, Jim Hall, Jr., resides in California and operates the Jim Hall Kart Racing School.


Complete Formula One World Championship results


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Pts.
1960 Jim Hall Lotus 18 Climax Straight-4 ARG MON 500 NED BEL FRA GBR POR ITA USA
NC 0
1961 Jim Hall Lotus 18 Climax Straight-4 MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER ITA USA
NC 0
1962 Jim Hall Lotus 21 Climax Straight-4 NED MON BEL FRA GBR GER ITA USA
1963 British Racing Partnership Lotus 24 BRM V8 MON
RSA 12th 3


  1. ^ "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  2. ^ "The Formula One Archives". Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
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