Monday, February 13, 2017

Jim Crawford Born In Dunfermline, Scotland - February 13, 1948

February 13, 1948 - August 6, 2002
Jim Crawford
 (Photo; speedweek.com)
Born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.
He participated in two World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on July 19, 1975. He was also the winner of the 1982 British Formula One Championship. He is notable for being the 500th person to start a Formula One World Championship race.

Crawford moved to the USA in the early 1980s, finishing runner-up twice in the Can Am series. He finished fourth on his CART debut at Long Beach in 1984 and went on to become a regular in the Indianapolis 500. It was there in 1987 that Crawford suffered a huge crash in practice which resulted in devastating leg injuries. Incredibly he returned to the 500 in 1988, leading the race for a few laps. A late race puncture dropped him from 2nd to 6th.

After retirement from racing, Crawford lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he bought a fishing boat he used for charters. He died in 2002 of liver failure.

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