|First race||French Grand Prix||Reims||July 6, 1958||Race results|
|Last race||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||September 13, 1959||Race results|
While his Formula One career was brief and unspectacular - eight races in 1958 and 1959 without a podium finish, Carroll Shelby did win the Le Mans 24-Hours in 1959. But he went on to become a legendary designer of some of the most beautiful and successful cars of the era including the legendary Shelby Cobra.
Childhood heart issues meant he spent years in bed, but he overcame them to race before health problems forced him to quit active participation soon after winning the 1959 Le Mans 24-Hours alongside Roy Salvadori in an Aston Martin.
Under licence from British manufacturer AC Motors, he installed an American engine into what was to become the Shelby Cobra, continuing to develop performance cars with companies such as Ford, Dodge and Oldsmobile.
The one-time chicken farmer had more than a half-dozen successful careers during his long life. Among them: champion race car driver, racing team owner, automobile manufacturer, automotive consultant, safari tour operator, raconteur, chili entrepreneur and philanthropist.