Fred Wacker

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Fred Wacker
Born (1918-07-10)July 10, 1918
Chicago, Illinois
Died June 16, 1998(1998-06-16) (aged 79)
Lake Bluff, Illinois
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 19531954
Teams Gordini
Entries 5 (3 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1953 Dutch Grand Prix
Last entry 1954 Italian Grand Prix

Frederick G. Wacker Jr. (July 10, 1918 Chicago – June 16, 1998) was an engineer and former president of two large Chicago companies. He was also a prominent Chicago socialite, a jazz musician, and a racing driver. He participated in five Formula One World Championship races, debuting on June 21, 1953. He scored no championship points. He also participated in several non-Championship Formula One races.

Wacker was the grandson of Charles H. Wacker, the first chairman of the Chicago Plan Commission and the man for whom Wacker Drive in Chicago is named. He attended The Hotchkiss School and Yale University. He worked with AC Spark Plug before enlisting in the United States Navy.[1]

Wacker was involved in a fatal accident during the second lap of the 1952 Watkins Glen Grand Prix, which at the time was a street course. While preparing for a right hand turn, his Allard J2 came dangerously close to a Cunningham driven by John Fitch, and both drivers swerved to avoid a collision. The back end of the Allard came out slightly to the left and closer to a throng of spectators sitting on the curb along the side of the course. Ten people were injured and a 7-year-old boy was killed. The tragedy caused the end of street racing at the Glen and elsewhere in the United States.[2]

Complete World Championship results


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1953 Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini Straight-6 ARG 500 NED
1954 Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini Straight-6 ARG 500 BEL FRA GBR GER SUI
NC 0


  1. ^ Cohen, Jodi S. (19 June 1998). "Executive, Socialite Frederick Wacker". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  2. ^ Defechereux, Philippe (1998). Watkins Glen 1948-1952: The Definitive Illustrated History. Beeman Jorgensen. ISBN 0-929758-17-X.

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