Born: June 9, 1939
Residence: Milwaukee, WI
Marital Status: Married to Margaret
Children: Greg and Guy
Won 14 races from 18 starts in Lotus Elite fitted with the Mecha Matic Automatic Transmission invented 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.
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.
British Formula Junior championship. 3rd place. Debut Lola GT at Le Mans the forerunner of GT40.
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.
Won 4 UK races in Lola T70 Sports Car. Also raced in USRRC events at St. Jovite, Mosport, Kent Washington and Riverside California.
Formula One debut in Syracuse Sicily. 3rd place finish.
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.
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.
F5000: Best result 22 wins, 2nd on all time list. Champion in 1971. Runner-up in by one point in 1969.
Indy 500: 4 times. Best result 5th in 1974.
IMSA: Drove BMW, Porsche, Jaguar and March. Best result: 1st 11 times. 3rd at Le Mans twice.
Trans-Am: Best result: 1st 5 times and champion in 1983.
Fast Masters Championship. 4th overall in a field of 50.
Published his long awaited autobiography, Hobbo: Motor Racer, Motor Mouth ~ The Autobiography of David Hobbs. David’s autobiography Hobbo details over a 30 year career in driving just about every category of race car around. On top of driving them, David has been a racing television commentator for nearly 40 years. At last, he has written down all of his experiences and stories in an enjoyable memoir that commemorates the incredible career of an incredible man.
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.
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.
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.
NBC: Racing Analyst and Color Commentator for Formula 1 racing coverage.
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