David Hobbs will be our guest speaker at the MIRPA Annual Winter Banquet Feb 1, 2014.
Details of location and time to follow soon.
Current Analyst, F1 Racing for NBC
Former Analyst, Color Commentator and Host for Speed Channel
Majority Owner of David Hobbs Honda, Glendale, WI
Inducted to the Motorsports Hall of Fame-2009
First race in 1959 driving mother’s Morris Oxford, turned professional in 1964. Raced extensively world wide for 30 years, last race driven was the Fast Masters Championship in 1993, placing 4th overall. Highlights:
- 1961 – Won 14 races from 18 starts in Lotus Elite fitted with the Mecha Matic. Automatic Transmission designed by his father. Won the 1600cc sports car classic in the Nurburgring 1000k?s. The first win by any type of car fitted with an automatic transmission in a major international event.
- 1962 – Took part in the inaugural Daytona 3 Hour, now the 24 Hour. DNF First of 20 appearances in the Le Mans 24Hr. Won Class & Index, 8th overall. Took part and won first race in single seater racecar.
- 1963 – British Formula Junior championship. 3rd place. Debut Lola GT at Le Mans the forerunner of GT40.
- 1964 – Turned professional. First pro race in factory Lotus Cortina at Roskilde Denmark. Won race. Drove at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI for first time. DNF
- 1965 – Won 4 UK races in Lola T70 Sports Car. Also raced in USRRC events at St. Jovite, Mosport, Kent Washington and Riverside California.
- 1966 – Formula One debut in Syracuse Sicily. 3rd place finish. – 1967 – Drove Lola Aston Martin at Le Mans. Tested in secret Jaguar XJ13 at Mira test track in UK. Set closed course record (167.5 MPH) for UK. Record lasted 19 years.
- 1968 – 1969 – Drove John Wyer Gulf Ford GT40 to victory in Monza 1000k’s, 2nd at Watkins Glen 6Hr. Team won World Championship that year. Tested Honda F1 cars and raced in Italian GP. DNF. President of Honda World Wide Nobohiko Kawamoto worked on car. 3rd at Le Mans. Pole position for first F5000 Race outside of USA.
- 1969 – 1976 –
F5000: Best result 22 wins, 2nd on all time list. Champion in 1971. Runner-up in by one point in 1969.
- 1971 – 1976 –
Indy 500: 4 times. Best result 5th in 1974.
- 1977 – 1987 –
IMSA: Drove BMW, Porsche, Jaguar and March. Best result: 1st 11 times. 3rd at Le Mans twice.
- 1983 – 1984 –
Trans-Am: Best result: 1st 5 times and champion in 1983. – 1993 – Fast Masters Championship. 4th overall in a field of 50.
- 1976 – 1996 –
CBS: Commentated on all types of racing: F1, USAC and Nascar. Appeared on 17 straight Daytona 500 broadcasts, including the 1979 event that was the first flag to flag live coverage of a Winston Cup race. Probably the most important step in US TV coverage of auto racing and a huge boost for Nascar racing worldwide.
- 1987 – 1995 –
ESPN: Extensive coverage of US championships, Le Mans and F1, live and on site. In August of this year, David will be inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
- 1996 – 2012
Speedvision, now Speed Channel, USA exclusive live coverage of F1 World Championship. Also live coverage of Daytona 24HR, 24 Hours of Le Mans, ALMS, Grand American and other auto based shows. –
2013 – Present NBC Racing Analyst and Color Commentator for F1 coverage Honda dealership.
One of the largest Honda dealers in Wisconsin with high customer satisfaction ratings and repeat customers. David was chairman of the State Dealer Council 1993-1998 and was on the National Dealer Council for 2 years.
On the board of Wisconsin Motorsport Charities. Has raised over $500,000 for Ranch Community Services. 10 year member of Citizens Advisory Board for WUWM public radio. Board member and past chairman of Automobile Dealers Association of Mega Milwaukee (ADAMM) and Chairman for the 2008 Milwaukee Auto Show Charity Gala.
Additional Info on David Hobbs can be found at: Wikipedia – David Hobbs
1976 Winston Cup Results on Racing Reference.info
IROC & NASCAR Stats on Racing Refernce.info
Member Profile on SPEED TV (SPEED CHANNEL)
Brief Bio by Gregg Leary on SPEED TV