David Hobbs (racing Driver)
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David Hobbs Racing Driver

David Hobbs
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BornDavid Wishart Hobbs
(1939-06-09) 9 June 1939 (age 80)
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityBritish
Active years1967-1968, 1971, 1974
TeamsBRM, Honda, McLaren
Entries7
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1967 British Grand Prix
Last entry1974 Italian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
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)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
2 races run over 1 year
First race1976 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race1976 Champion Spark Plug 400 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

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, a group of 27 drivers who by their achievements were rated the best in the world.[3]

Hobbs currently lives in Vero Beach, Florida. 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 he 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]

He is the grandfather of current racing driver Andrew Hobbs.

Driving career

Hobbs was born just months before the outbreak of World War II. His career as an international racing driver spanned 30 years at all levels including in 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 L&M 5000 Continental 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

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 colour commentator and a feature/pit reporter from 1979 until 1996, and then moved to Speed in 1996 working as a colour commentator and then moved to NBCSN in 2013.[8]

Other appearances

Hobbs appeared in the 1983 comedy film Stroker Ace, playing a TV race announcer. He also 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

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key)

Notes

Non-Championship Formula One results

(key)

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1962 United Kingdom Team Lotus Engineering Australia Frank Gardner Lotus Elite Mk14-Climax GT
1.3
286 8th 1st
1963 United Kingdom Lola Cars Ltd. United Kingdom Richard Attwood Lola Mk6 GT-Ford P
+3.0
151 DNF DNF
1964 United Kingdom Standard Triumph Netherlands Rob Slotemaker Triumph Spitfire P
+3.0
272 21st 3rd
1965 United Kingdom Standard Triumph Ltd. Netherlands Rob Slotemaker Triumph Spitfire GT
1.3
71 DNF DNF
1966 United Kingdom Maranello Concessionaires United Kingdom Mike Salmon Ferrari Dino 206S P
2.0
14 DNF DNF
1967 United Kingdom Lola Cars Ltd.
United Kingdom Team Surtees
United Kingdom John Surtees Lola T70 Mk.III-Aston Martin P
+5.0
3 DNF DNF
1968 United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. Australia Paul Hawkins Ford GT40 Mk. I S
5.0
107 DNF DNF
1969 United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Ford GT40 Mk. I S
5.0
368 3rd 2nd
1970 United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Porsche 917K S
5.0
49 DNF DNF
1971 United States Roger Penske
United States Kirk F. White
United States Mark Donohue Ferrari 512M/P S
5.0
DNF DNF
1972 France Equipe Matra-Simca Shell France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Matra-Simca MS660C S
3.0
278 DNF DNF
1979 United States Grand Touring Cars Ltd.
France Ford Concessionaires France
Australia Vern Schuppan
France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Mirage M10-Ford Cosworth S
+2.0
121 NC NC
1981 United Kingdom EMKA Productions Limited Republic of Ireland Eddie Jordan
United Kingdom Steve O'Rourke
BMW M1 Gr.5 Gr.5 236 DNF DNF
1982 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick IMSA
GTX
329 4th 1st
1983 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Austria Dieter Quester
Porsche 956 C 135 DNF DNF
1984 United Kingdom Skoal Bandit Porsche Team France Philippe Streiff
South Africa Sarel van der Merwe
Porsche 956B C1 351 3rd 3rd
1985 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing Austria Jo Gartner
United Kingdom Guy Edwards
Porsche 956B C1 366 4th 4th
1987 Germany Joest Racing South Africa Sarel van der Merwe
United States Chip Robinson
Porsche 962C C1 4 DNF DNF
1988 Germany Blaupunkt Joest Racing Belgium Didier Theys
Austria Franz Konrad
Porsche 962C C1 380 5th 5th
1989 United Kingdom Richard Lloyd Racing Sweden Steven Andskär
United Kingdom Damon Hill
Porsche 962C GTi C1 228 DNF DNF
Source:[10]

Indy 500 results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 NWCC Pts Ref
1976 DeWitt Racing 73 Chevy RSD DAY
34
CAR RCH BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL NA 0 [11]
Donlavey Racing 9 Ford MCH
17
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL ONT
Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1976 DeWitt Racing Chevrolet 16 34

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1981 Australia JPS Team BMW Australia Allan Grice BMW 635 CSi 6 Cylinder & Rotary 113 7th 2nd
1982 Australia JPS Team BMW New Zealand Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi A 157 5th 5th

References

  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. 24 August 2009. ISSN 0192-9674.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Trenton Evening Times, 7 September 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.
  9. ^ a b "David Hobbs - Biography". MotorSportMagazine. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "All Results of David Hobbs". RacingSportCars. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "David Hobbs - 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2019.

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

1971
Succeeded by
Graham McRae

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