David Hobbs (racing driver)

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David Hobbs
David Hobbs.jpg
Born(1939-06-09) 9 June 1939 (age 74)
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years19671968, 1971, 1974
TeamsBRM, Honda, McLaren
Races6
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First race1967 British Grand Prix
Last race1974 Italian Grand Prix
 
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David Hobbs
David Hobbs.jpg
Born(1939-06-09) 9 June 1939 (age 74)
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years19671968, 1971, 1974
TeamsBRM, Honda, McLaren
Races6
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First race1967 British Grand Prix
Last race1974 Italian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years1962–72, 1979, 1981–85, 1987–89
TeamsTeam Lotus Engineering
Lola Cars Ltd
Standard Triumph
Maranello Concessionaires
John Wyer Automotive
Roger Penske/Kirk F. White
Equipe Matra-Simca
Grand Touring Cars/Ford France
EMKA Racing
John Fitzpatrick Racing
Joest Racing
Richard Lloyd Racing
Best finish3rd (1969, 1984)
Class wins1 (1982)

David Wishart Hobbs[1] (born 9 June 1939 in Royal Leamington Spa, England)[2] is a British former racing driver. Originally employed as a commentator for the Speed Channel, he currently works as a commentator for NBC and NBC Sports Network. In 1969 Hobbs was included in the FIA list of graded drivers, an élite group of 27 drivers who by their achievements were rated the best in the world.[3]

Hobbs currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, Margaret, with whom he has two sons, Gregory and Guy. In 1986, Hobbs opened a car dealership, David Hobbs Honda, in Glendale, Wisconsin, which continues to exist today, and for which personally voices advertisements. His youngest son, Guy, worked for Speed as a pit reporter on their sports car coverage. Hobbs was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009.[4]

Driving career[edit]

Hobbs was born just months before the outbreak of World War II, and has a vast, 30-year history of international driving experience at all levels of motor sports, including sports cars, touring cars, Indy cars, IMSA, Can-Am and Formula One. He has participated in the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona. He made twenty starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, finishing in 8th place at the first attempt in 1962, following with a pole position and a best finish of third (in 1969 and 1984) to his credit.

Hobbs was due to make his F1 Grand Prix debut for Tim Parnell Racing at the 1965 French Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand, but a serious road accident put him in hospital for three weeks.[5]

In 1971 Hobbs won the U.S. Formula 5000 L&M Continental Series championship driving for Carl Hogan out of St. Louis, Missouri, in a McLaren M10B-Chevrolet. He won five of the eight rounds that year at Laguna Seca, Seattle, Road America (Elkhart Lake), Edmonton and Lime Rock.[6] Twelve years later, he would claim the 1983 Trans-Am Series championship as well. He also made two NASCAR Winston Cup starts in 1976, including leading two laps at the 1976 Daytona 500 [7] and drove a race in the 1979 International Race of Champions.

Television commentator[edit]

Hobbs provides commentary for Formula One and GP2 races (alongside Leigh Diffey and former Benetton mechanic Steve Matchett), the SCCA Valvoline runoffs, and parts of the 24 Hours of Daytona. He has also worked for CBS on its Daytona 500 coverage, working as both a color commentator and a feature/pit reporter from 1979 until 1995, and then moved to Speed in 1996 working as a color commentator and then moved to NBC Sports Network in 2013.[8]

Other appearances[edit]

David Hobbs appeared in the 1983 comedy film Stroker Ace, playing a TV race announcer. Hobbs appeared in the Cars 2 movie, which premiered in June 2011, as announcer "David Hobbscap", a 1963 Jaguar from Hobbs' real life hometown in England.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

YearEntrantChassisEngine123456789101112131415WDCPts.
1967Bernard White RacingBRM P261BRM P60 2.1 V8RSAMONNEDBELFRAGBR
8
CAN
9
ITAUSAMEX0
Lola CarsLola T100BMW M10 2.0 L4GER
10
1968Honda Racing F1Honda RA301Honda RA301E 3.0 V12RSAESPMONBELNEDFRAGBRGERITA
Ret
CANUSAMEX0
1971Penske-White RacingMcLaren M19AFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8RSAESPMONNEDFRAGBRGERAUTITACANUSA
10
0
1974Yardley Team McLarenMcLaren M23Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8ARGBRARSAESPBELMONSWENEDFRAGBRGERAUT
7
ITA
9
CANUSA0

indicates an entry with an F2 car.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
1962United Kingdom Team Lotus EngineeringAustralia Frank GardnerLotus Elite Mk14GT
1.3
2868th1st
1963United Kingdom Lola Cars Ltd.United Kingdom Richard AttwoodLola Mk6 GTP
+3.0
151DNFDNF
1964United Kingdom Standard TriumphNetherlands Rob SlotemakerTriumph SpitfireP
+3.0
27221st3rd
1965United Kingdom Standard Triumph Ltd.Netherlands Rob SlotemakerTriumph SpitfireGT
1.3
71DNFDNF
1966United Kingdom Maranello ConcessionairesUnited Kingdom Mike SalmonFerrari Dino 206SP
2.0
14DNFDNF
1967United Kingdom Lola Cars Ltd.
United Kingdom Team Surtees
United Kingdom John SurteesLola T70 Mk.IIIP
+5.0
3DNFDNF
1968United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Engineering Ltd.Australia Paul HawkinsFord GT40 Mk. IS
5.0
107DNFDNF
1969United Kingdom John Wyer Automotive EngineeringUnited Kingdom Mike HailwoodFord GT40 Mk. IS
5.0
3683rd2nd
1970United Kingdom John Wyer Automotive EngineeringUnited Kingdom Mike HailwoodPorsche 917KS
5.0
49DNFDNF
1971United States Roger Penske
United States Kirk F. White
United States Mark DonohueFerrari 512M/PS
5.0
DNFDNF
1972France Equipe Matra-Simca ShellFrance Jean-Pierre JabouilleMatra-Simca MS660CS
3.0
278DNFDNF
1979United States Grand Touring Cars Ltd.
France Ford Concessionaires France
Australia Vern Schuppan
France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Mirage M10S
+2.0
121NCNC
1981United Kingdom EMKA Productions LimitedRepublic of Ireland Eddie Jordan
United Kingdom Steve O'Rourke
BMW M1 Gr.5Gr.5236DNFDNF
1982United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick RacingUnited Kingdom John FitzpatrickPorsche 935/78 Moby DickIMSA
GTX
3294th1st
1983United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick RacingUnited Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Austria Dieter Quester
Porsche 956C135DNFDNF
1984United Kingdom Skoal Bandit Porsche TeamFrance Philippe Streiff
South Africa Sarel van der Merwe
Porsche 956BC13513rd3rd
1985United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick RacingAustria Jo Gartner
United Kingdom Guy Edwards
Porsche 956BC13664th4th
1987Germany Joest RacingSouth Africa Sarel van der Merwe
United States Chip Robinson
Porsche 962CC14DNFDNF
1988Germany Blaupunkt Joest RacingBelgium Didier Theys
Austria Franz Konrad
Porsche 962CC13805th5th
1989United Kingdom Richard Lloyd RacingSweden Steven Andskär
United Kingdom Damon Hill
Porsche 962C GTiC1228DNFDNF

Indy 500 results[edit]

YearCarStartQualRankFinishLapsLedRetired
19716816169.57130201070Crash FS
19737322189.45430111070Flagged
1974739184.8331051960Flagged
19763331183.5801429100Water Leak
Totals4200
Starts4
Poles0
Front Row0
Wins0
Top 51
Top 101
Retired2

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIA Year Book of Automobile Sport 1975. Patrick Stephens Ltd. white p. 37. ISBN 0-85059-195-3. 
  2. ^ H. H. Pitt and M. N. Wicks, The Pitt Family of Payneham (Adelaide, 1977)
  3. ^ F.I.A. Year Book of Automobile Sport, P.S.L. Publications Limited., London, 1969.
  4. ^ "The Class of 2009". AutoWeek (Detroit, Michigan: Crain Communications) 59 (17): 62. August 24, 2009. ISSN 0192-9674. 
  5. ^ http://formula-one.speedtv.com/article/hobbs-the-north-american-swing/
  6. ^ Trenton Evening Times, September 7, 1971, Page 37.
  7. ^ David Hobbs 1976 Winston Cup Results – Racing-Reference.info
  8. ^ Hobbs, David (September 2012). "In Racing, Broadcasting: Timing is Everything". Road & Track 64 (1): 94. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Cannon
US Formula A/F5000
Champion

1971
Succeeded by
Graham McRae