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James Ernest Bryan (January 28, 1926 - June 19, 1960) was an American racecar driver.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Bryan died as a result of injuries sustained in a champ car race at Langhorne Speedway. He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1952-1960 seasons with 72 starts, including each year's Indianapolis 500 race. He finished in the top ten 54 times, with 23 victories.

Bryan won the 1958 Indianapolis 500 and the 1954 AAA and 1956 and 1957 USAC National Championship. During his 1957 championship season, Bryan also won the inaugural running of the Race of Two Worlds at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy.

He died after a crash in a Champ car race at Langhorne Speedway in 1960, on the same day that two drivers were killed in the Belgian Grand Prix, making the day one of the most tragic in racing history.

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Indy 500 results

Year[1] Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1952 77 21 134.142 27 6 200 0 Running
1953 8 31 135.506 29 14 183 0 Flagged
1954 9 3 139.665 4 2 200 46 Running
1955 1 11 140.160 7 24 90 31 Fuel Pump
1956 2 19 143.741 9 19 185 0 Flagged
1957 1 15 141.188 17 3 200 0 Running
1958 1 7 144.185 8 1 200 139 Running
1959 6 20 142.118 24 33 1 0 Clutch
1960 10 10 144.532 13 19 152 0 Fuel Pump
Totals 1411 216
Starts 9
Poles 0
Front Row 1
Wins 1
Top 5 3
Top 10 4
Retired 3

World Championship career summary

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Jimmy Bryan participated in 9 World Championship races. He started on the pole 0 times, won 1 race, set 0 fastest laps, and finished on the podium 3 times. He accumulated a total of 18 championship points.

Awards

References

  1. ^ Jimmy Bryan Indy 500 Race Stats [1]

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Preceded by
Sam Hanks
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1958
Succeeded by
Rodger Ward
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