Dick Simon

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Dick Simon at the 2016 Brickyard SVRA Pro-Am race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Richard Raymond Simon (Dick Simon)(born September 21, 1933 in Sandy, Utah) is one of the oldest men to ever have raced in the Indianapolis 500. He was 55 years old during his final Indy 500 start in 1988. A multiple starter and top-ten finisher in the race, he also became a car owner, founding Dick Simon Racing helping to begin the IndyCar careers of Stéphan Grégoire, Arie Luyendyk, Raul Boesel, and others. Simon also fielded cars for Lyn St. James. He sold his race team to Andy Evans who formed Team Scandia in 1997. He was back in the game in the late 90's and entered cars in 2000 and 2001.

Driving career

Simon's IndyCar at Pocono in 1984

Simon made his first driving appearance at Pacific Raceways in October 1969. He failed to start the race and failed to qualify for the other two races that he attempted that season. He made his race debut the following spring driving a second-hand Vollstedt chassis at Phoenix International Raceway but was sidelined by magneto failure after only 4 laps. He made his Indianapolis 500 debut that year and finished in the 14th position. At Ontario Motor Speedway that September, Simon captured his career-best finish of 3rd place and he finished 10th in the 1970 USAC National Championship. Simon would continue to be marginally competitive throughout the 1970s, never matching his finishes of the 1970 season. In 1979, Simon sided with USAC during its split with CART. In being one of the few drivers to complete the USAC schedule, Simon finished 8th in the Championship. In 1980 Simon moved to CART and continued to have little success throughout the 1980s while remaining marginally competitive. He logged his best CART season in 1987 when he made 11 starts and logged two top-tens including a 6th place at the Indy 500, good enough for 20th in the CART Championship. A partial season in 1988 where Simon logged a solid 9th-place finish in the Indy 500 was his last as a driver.

Simon's driving career includes 183 starts (115 USAC and 78 CART) over 19 seasons spanning from 1970 to 1988. Among those starts is 17 Indy 500 appearances.

Team ownership

Dick Simon fielded his own race team beginning in 1983 and shortly thereafter began fielding cars for pay drivers, Dick Simon Racing being one of the most competitive teams offering race seats to such drivers almost always fielded current-year March and Lola chassis and had a competitive engine package. In 1989 the team fielded two fully funded drivers in Scott Brayton and Arie Luyendyk as the team moved towards the front of the pack. Simon fielded a car in the 1992 Indianapolis 500 for Lyn St. James who became the second woman to drive in the race. Raul Boesel finished 5th in points with 3 runner-up finishes in 1993, the team's best season result. The team had a difficult 1995 and Simon sold the team to Andy Evans who turned it into Team Scandia. Simon returned to ownership in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series in 1999 but saw little success. The team was shut down after the team's driver Stéphan Grégoire failed to qualify for the 2001 Indianapolis 500.

Personal life

Dick Simon was once questioned by the FBI for being airplane hijacker D. B. Cooper. He proved that he was discussing sponsorship with the president of General Foods in Upstate New York on the date of the hijack.[1][2][3]

Motorsports career results

SCCA National Championship Runoffs

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1968 Riverside Raceway Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet B Production 3 Running

American open-wheel racing

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

USAC Championship Car

USAC Championship Car results
Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Pos. Pts
1969 Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt 67 Ford 159ci V8t PHX HAN INDY MIL LAN PPR CDR NAZ TRE IRP IRP MIL ISF DOV DSF INF BRN BRN TRE SAC SIR
DNS
SIR RSD
DNS
NA -
Chevrolet 320 ci V8 PHX
DNQ
1970 Racing International Vollstedt 67 Ford 159ci V8t PHX
24
TRE
9
INDY
14
MIL
11
LAN
9
MCH
19
IRP
13
ISF MIL ONT
3
DSF INF SED TRE
DNQ
PHX
9
10th 1080
John Gregg Vollstedt 65 Chevrolet 320 ci V8 SON
6
Dayton-Walther Morris 70 Ford 159ci V8t CDR
11
Ron Burke Moore 65 D Offy 252 ci SAC
DNQ
1971 Dick Simon Racing Lola T152 Ford 159ci V8t RAF
13
RAF
6
PHX
12
POC
17
MCH
15
MIL TRE
25
PHX
7
20th 405
Vollstedt 67 TRE
7
INDY
14
MIL
9
Peat-Lola ONT
22
1972 Dick Simon Racing Peat-Lola Ford 159ci V8t PHX
18
TRE
14
INDY
13
MIL
9
MCH
7
POC
16
TRE
16
23rd 200
Lola T152 Foyt 159ci V8t MIL
12
ONT
Eagle 72 PHX
14
1973 Dick Simon Racing Eagle 72 Foyt 159ci V8t TWS
6
TRE
10
TRE
7
INDY
14
MIL
17
POC
12
MIL
22
ONT ONT
11
ONT
22
MCH MCH TRE
23
20th 440
Eisenhour-Brayton Racing Team Coyote 72 MCH
17
Patrick Racing Eagle 73 Ford 159ci V8t TWS
21
PHX
8
1974 Dick Simon Racing Eagle 72 Foyt 159ci V8t ONT
8
ONT ONT
28
PHX
13
TRE INDY
33
MIL
4
POC
29
MCH
21
PHX
15
21st 270
Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt 73 Offy 159 ci t MIL
11
MCH TRE TRE
1975 Dick Simon Racing Eagle 72 Foyt 159ci V8t ONT ONT
13
ONT
24
PHX
14
TRE
8
INDY
21
MIL
13
POC
23
MCH
9
MIL
17
MCH
15
TRE
11
PHX
13
22nd 220
1976 Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt 72/75 Offy 159 ci t PHX
7
21st 330
Dick Simon Racing Eagle 72 Foyt 159ci V8t TRE
16
MIL
14
Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt 73/76 Offy 159 ci t INDY
32
POC
10
MCH
19
TWS TRE
13
MIL
16
ONT
30
MCH
21
TWS PHX
7
1977 Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt 73/76 Offy 159 ci t ONT
6
PHX
7
TWS TRE MIL
13
MIL
9
24th 360
Vollstedt 77 INDY
31
POC
16
MOS MCH
19
TWS
14
ONT
33
MCH
Lightning Mk1/76 PHX
11
1978 Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt 77 Offy 159 ci t PHX
4
ONT
6
TWS TRE INDY
19
MOS POC
30
MCH
13
ATL
18
TWS
6
MIL
21
ONT
14
MCH SIL
12
BRH
7
PHX
22
18th 670
Vollstedt 73/76 MIL
18
TRE
DNQ
1979 Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt 77 Offy 159 ci t ONT
7
TWS INDY
26
MIL
13
POC
5
TWS
7
MIL
17
8th 766
1980 Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt 77 Offy 159 ci t ONT INDY
22
MIL
13
POC
21
MDO
DNQ
38th 38
1981-82 Leader Card Racers Watson PC7 Cosworth DFX V8t INDY
DNQ
POC
20
ISF DSF INF INDY
DNQ
40th 20
1982-83 Dick Simon Racing March 83C Cosworth DFX V8t ISF DSF NAZ INDY
15
23rd 25
1983-84 Dick Simon Racing March 84C Cosworth DFX V8t DSF INDY
23
26th 15

PPG Indy Car World Series

PPG Indy Car World Series results
Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos. Pts
1979 Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt 77 Offy 159 ci t PHX ATL ATL INDY
26
TRE TRE MCH MCH WGL TRE ONT MCH ATL PHX NC 0
1980 Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt 77 Offy 159 ci t ONT INDY
22
MIL
13
POC
21
MDO
DNQ
MCH
18
WGL
17
MIL
7
ONT
37
MCH MEX
23
PHX
25
31st 185
1981 Leader Card Racers Watson PC7 Cosworth DFX V8t PHX
10
MIL
7
ATL ATL MCH
31
RIV
6
WGL
11
MEX
25
PHX
20
16th 38
Watson 78 Offy 159 ci t MIL
22
MCH
25
1982 Leader Card Racers Watson PC7 Cosworth DFX V8t PHX
DNQ
ATL
DNS
MIL
19
CLE
17
MCH
21
MIL
15
POC
22
RIV
7
ROA 25th 26
Watson 82C MCH
13
PHX
19
1983 Dick Simon Racing March 83C Cosworth DFX V8t ATL
DNQ
INDY
15
MIL
11
CLE MCH
14
MCH
19
CPL
14
LAG PHX
23
29th 2
Eagle 83 ROA
13
POC RIV
25
MDO
15
1984 Dick Simon Racing March 84C Cosworth DFX V8t LBH
19
PHX
4
INDY
23
MIL
13
POR
20
MEA
24
CLE
DNQ
MCH
12
ROA
15
POC
12
MDO
24
SAN
12
MCH
15
PHX
21
LAG
14
CPL
DNQ
26th 15
1985 Dick Simon Racing March 85C Cosworth DFX V8t LBH INDY
26
MIL
13
POR MEA
17
CLE MCH
25
ROA POC
10
MDO SAN
17
MCH
19
LAG PHX
DNQ
MIA 37th 3
1986 Dick Simon Racing Lola T86/00 Cosworth DFX V8t PHX LBH INDY
14
MIL POR MEA CLE
22
TOR MCH POC
23
MDO SAN
20
MCH ROA LAG PHX MIA NC 0
1987 Dick Simon Racing Lola T87/00 Cosworth DFX V8t LBH
20
PHX
10
INDY
6
MIL
20
POR
18
MEA
14
CLE
23
TOR
23
MCH
9
POC
21
ROA MDO NAZ
18
LAG MIA 21st 15
1988 Dick Simon Racing Lola T87/00 Cosworth DFX V8t PHX
19
LBH POC
19
MDO ROA 24th 11
Lola T88/00 INDY
9
MIL
12
POR CLE TOR MEA MCH
7
NAZ
20
LAG MIA
Indianapolis 500
Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1970 Vollstedt Ford 31 14 Racing International
1971 Vollstedt Ford 33 14 Dick Simon Racing
1972 Peat-Lola Ford 23 13 Dick Simon Racing
1973 Eagle Foyt 27 14 Dick Simon Racing
1974 Eagle Foyt 10 33 Dick Simon Racing
1975 Eagle Foyt 30 21 Dick Simon Racing
1976 Vollstedt Offenhauser 16 32 Vollstedt Enterprises
1977 Vollstedt Offenhauser 30 31 Vollstedt Enterprises
1978 Vollstedt Offenhauser 10 19 Vollstedt Enterprises
1979 Vollstedt Offenhauser 20 26 Vollstedt Enterprises
1980 Vollstedt Offenhauser 29 22 Vollstedt Enterprises
1981 Watson Cosworth DNQ Leader Card Racers
1982 Watson Cosworth DNQ Leader Card Racers
1983 March Cosworth 20 15 Dick Simon Racing
1984 March Cosworth 20 23 Dick Simon Racing
1985 March Cosworth 14 26 Dick Simon Racing
1986 Lola Cosworth 33 14 Dick Simon Racing
1987 Lola Cosworth 6 6 Dick Simon Racing
1988 Lola Cosworth 16 9 Dick Simon Racing

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
1973 Faustina Racing 5 Dodge RSD DAY RCH CAR BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL
7
NSV CLT DOV TWS RSD MCH DAY
35
BRI ATL TAL NSV DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT CAR NA 0
1974 RSD DAY
31
RCH CAR BRI ATL DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD MCH DAY BRI NSV ATL POC TAL MCH DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT CAR ONT NA 0
Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1974 Faustina Racing Dodge 37 31

References

  1. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley. May 19, 2006. 1070 WIBC-AM. 
  2. ^ Schmitz, Brian (May 27, 1994). "Simon's Stress". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ Simon's Stress - Nrian Schmitz, The Orlando Sentinel, 24 May 1994

External links

  • Article at latimes.com
  • Dick Simon - 80th Birthday - Indy Racing Years Photo Album
  • Dick Simon - 80th Birthday - Indy Racing Years Video Album:
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