Johnny Boyd

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Johnny Boyd
Born(1926-08-19)August 19, 1926
DiedOctober 27, 2003(2003-10-27) (aged 77)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19551960
TeamsKurtis Kraft, Epperly
Races6
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points4
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First race1955 Indianapolis 500
Last race1960 Indianapolis 500
 
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Johnny Boyd
Born(1926-08-19)August 19, 1926
DiedOctober 27, 2003(2003-10-27) (aged 77)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19551960
TeamsKurtis Kraft, Epperly
Races6
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points4
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First race1955 Indianapolis 500
Last race1960 Indianapolis 500

Johnny Boyd (August 19, 1926 – October 27, 2003) was an American racecar driver.

Born in Fresno, California, Boyd drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series from 1954 to 1966 with 56 starts. He finished in the top ten 31 times, with his best finish in 2nd position, in 1959 at Milwaukee.

Boyd qualified for the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in 1955 but finished 29th after being involved in an accident that killed driver Bill Vukovich. In a dozen starts, his best race was in 1958, when he led 18 laps and finished 3rd. In total, he finished in the Top 10 at the 500 five times.

After 1949 Boyd had become close friends with Bob Sweikert of Hayward, California when he met him on the California racing circuit. The two often raced together, and Boyd qualified for entry in the 1955 Indianapolis 500 when Sweikert helped him overcome mechanical handling problems in Boyd's car. Sweikert won the race that day, but was overshadowed by the death of Vukovich. Boyd also raced against Sweikert in 1956 at Indy, but Sweikert was killed several weeks later in a Sprint car race.[1]

Boyd retired as a driver after failing to qualify for the Indy 500 and Milwaukee race in 1967. He died of cancer at age 77 in his hometown of Fresno.

Indy 500 results[edit]

YearCarStartQualRankFinishLapsLedRetired
19553926136.9812629530Crash BS
19561512142.3371930350Engine trouble
195765142.1021062000Running
195898144.0239320018Running
19593311142.8121662000Running
1960813143.7701827770Piston
19614120144.09232211050Clutch
19623828147.04714102000Running
19632327148.0382932120Oil Leak
19648813151.8351852000Running
19651429155.17219131400Gearbox
19662814159.384212250Crash T1
Totals142718
Starts12
Poles0
Front Row0
Wins0
Top 52
Top 105
Retired7

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

YearEntrantChassisEngine1234567891011WDCPoints
1955Sumar / Chapman RootKurtis Kraft 500DOffenhauser L4ARG
MON
500
29
BEL
NED
GBR
ITA
NC0
1956Bowes Seal Fast / BignottiKurtis Kraft 500EOffenhauser L4ARG
MON
500
30
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
NC0
1957Bowes Seal Fast / BignottiKurtis Kraft 500GOffenhauser L4ARG
MON
500
6
FRA
GBR
GER
PES
ITA
NC0
1958Bowes Seal Fast RacingKurtis Kraft 500GOffenhauser L4ARG
MON
NED
500
3
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
MOR
16th4
1959Bowes Seal Fast / BignottiEpperly Indy RoadsterOffenhauser L4MON
500
6
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
USA
NC0
1960Bowes Seal Fast RacingEpperly Indy RoadsterOffenhauser L4ARG
MON
500
27
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
POR
ITA
USA
NC0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dorie Sweikert, Along For the Ride-A Love Story, (1998, Nicholas Ward Publishing, LLC.), no longer in print, reprinted under new publisher ca. 2005

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