Tom Bigelow

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Bigelow at a sprint car race

Tom Bigelow (born October 31, 1939, in Whitewater, Wisconsin), USA, is a former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series.

Racing career[edit]

Midget car racing[edit]

He began his racing career at the Badger Midget Racing Association at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.[1] His first attempt at the National Championship was in 1967, and he finished eighteenth. He had 1968 midget wins at Hales Corners Speedway in Hales Corners, Wisconsin and at the Sycamore, Illinois track. He won the first Astro Grand Prix in the Houston Astrodome in 1969.[1] His come back in Midgets started in 1981 driving for Sandy Racing. In 1984 he was National USAC Midget Champion, two years in a roll, 1982 and 1983 he was USAC Spreedrome Champ.

USAC/CART[edit]

He raced in USAC and CART in 17 seasons (1968–1983 and 1985), with 104 combined career starts, and started in the Indianapolis 500 every year during 1974-1982. He finished in the top ten 39 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in consecutive races in 1979 at Texas World Speedway and Milwaukee.

Sprint car[edit]

Bigelow was also the 1978 USAC Sprint Car Series Champion. He became the leader in USAC Sprint car wins with 52.[1]

Return to midget cars[edit]

He returned to his roots won the 1984 USAC National Midget Series Champion. He finished fourth, third, and ninth in the following three season. He also won the 1982 USAC Midwest Regional midget car title. His car (number 16) was owned by Carl Sandy, husband of Carol Sandy and father of Duane, Mathew, and Troy Sandy.

NASCAR[edit]

Tom made a single NASCAR start at the 1986 Atlanta Journal 500 at the Atlanta International Raceway, and he finished 40th with engine problems.[2]

Career awards[edit]

Indy 500 results[edit]

YearChassisEngineStartFinish
1970HuffakerChevroletPractice Crash
1973VollstedtOffyFailed to Qualify
1974VollstedtOffy23rd12th
1975VollstedtOffy33rd18th
1976EagleOffy32nd14th
1977EagleOffy22nd6th
1978WildcatDGS18th21st
1979LolaCosworth30th14th
1980LolaCosworth31st8th
1981PenskeChevrolet14th20th
1982EagleChevrolet31st18th
1983EagleChevroletFailed to Qualify
1984MarchCosworthFailed to Qualify
1985MarchCosworthFailed to Qualify
1988MarchCosworthPractice Crash
1989MarchCosworthFailed to Qualify

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  2. ^ NASCAR statistics at racing-reference.info