Jim Hurtubise  United States

  • Full name James Hurtubise
  • Birth date December 5, 1932
  • Birthplace North Tonawanda, New York, United States
  • Date of death January 6, 1989 (56 years 32 days)
  • Place of death Port Arthur, Texas, United States
  • Teams Christensen
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1960 Christensen 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 23 0 0 0 -
Total 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
Only race Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis May 30, 1960 [race_results]

Jim Hurtubise enjoyed a lengthy if not overly successful racing career in the USA. He entered 13 Indianapolis 500s, including the 1960 race which counted towards the FIA championship, with a best finish of 13th. He suffered serious burns to his hands in 1959 and when asked by surgeons how he wanted them shaped, replied: "Just make 'em so I can hold a steering wheel". At Indianapolis in 1972 he put his Miller Beer-sponsored car on the start line at qualification, before removing the engine cover to reveal the vehicle had no engine, but did contain five chilled cases of beer which he shared with the other pit crews and race officials. In 1978, he did not meet the required speed and was barred from the race. Hurtubise countered by sitting in another competitor's car and locking the brakes. He then ran on the track until he was apprehended by the police. He retired to run a hunting lodge in Texas, but died of a heart attack aged 56.

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