|First race||German Grand Prix||Nürburgring||August 4, 1974||Race results|
|Last race||Canadian Grand Prix||Mosport||October 9, 1977||Race results|
Ian Ashley's early years in racing were erratic and he was considered fast but unreliable, earning the nickname "Crashley". But by 1972 he was competing in Formula 5000 and a year later won the European Championship, earning him a few chances in F1 over the next four years.
His debut at the 1974 German GP was eventful. He only got the drive minutes before the start because of a collision, and then he punctured a tyre on the warm-up lap. He finished a creditable 14th. His F1 career ended in a spectacular 180mph crash during practice for the 1977 Canadian GP which left him with broken wrists and ankles. He remained trapped in his car for 45 minutes as the track did not have adequate equipment to cut him free.
He re-emerged in the USA CART Championship in 1985 and made a handful of appearances up to 1987. By that time he was based in the USA where he was a pilot of executive jets. He continued to race, participating in the 1993 British Touring Car Championship and also making outings in sidecar racing.