David Hobbs (racing driver)

David Hobbs (racing driver)
David Hobbs
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Born 9 June 1939 (1939-06-09) (age 72)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality British
Active years 19671968, 1971, 1974
Teams BRM, Honda, McLaren
Races 6
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1967 British Grand Prix
Last race 1974 Italian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1962–72, 1979, 1981–85, 1987–89
Teams Team Lotus Engineering
Lola Cars Ltd.
Standard Triumph
Maranello Concessionaires
John Wyer Automotive
Roger Penske/Kirk F. White
Equipe Matra-Simca
Grand Touring Cars/Ford France
EMKA Racing
John Fitzpatrick Racing
Joest Racing
Richard Lloyd Racing
Best finish 3rd (1969, 1984)
Class wins 1 (1982)

David Wishart Hobbs [1] (born 9 June 1939 in Royal Leamington Spa, England) [2] is a British former racing driver currently employed as a commentator for Speed Channel. In 1969 Hobbs was included in the F.I.A. list of graded drivers, an elite group of 27 drivers who by their achievements were rated the best in the world.[3]

Hobbs currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife Margaret, with whom he has two sons, Gregory and Guy. In 1986, Hobbs opened a auto dealership, David Hobbs Honda, in Glendale, Wisconsin, which continues to exist today, and who he personally voices radio advertisements on local radio for. His youngest son, Guy, worked for Speed as a pit reporter on their sports car coverage. Hobbs was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009.[4]


Driving career

Hobbs was born just months before the outbreak of World War II, and has a vast, 30-year history of international driving experience at all levels of motor sports, including sports cars, touring cars, Indy cars, IMSA, Can-Am and Formula One. He has participated in the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona. He made twenty starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, finishing in 8th place at the first attempt in 1962, following with a pole position and a best finish of third (in 1969 and 1984) to his credit.

Hobbs was due to make his F1 Grand Prix debut for Tim Parnell Racing at the 1965 French Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand, but a serious road accident put him in hospital for three weeks.[5]

In 1971 Hobbs won the U.S. Formula 5000 L&M Continental Series championship driving for Carl Hogan out of St. Louis, Missouri, in a McLaren M10B-Chevrolet. He won five of the eight rounds that year at Laguna Seca, Seattle, Road America (Elkhart Lake), Edmonton and Lime Rock.[6] Twelve years later, he would claim the 1983 Trans-Am Series championship as well. He also made two NASCAR Winston Cup starts in 1976, including leading two laps at the 1976 Daytona 500 [7] and drove a race in the 1979 International Race of Champions.

Television commentator

Hobbs provides commentary for Formula One and GP2 races (alongside Bob Varsha and former Benetton engineer Steve Matchett), the SCCA Valvoline runoffs, and parts of the 24 Hours of Daytona. He has also worked for CBS on its Daytona 500 coverage, working as both a color commentator and a feature/pit reporter from 1979 until 1996.

Other appearances

David Hobbs appeared in the 1983 comedy film Stroker Ace, playing a TV race announcer. Hobbs appeared in the Cars 2 movie, which premiered in June 2011, as announcer "David Hobbscap", a 1963 Jaguar from Hobbs' real life hometown in England.

Complete Formula One World Championship results


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Pts.
1967 Bernard White Racing BRM P261 BRM V8 RSA MON NED BEL FRA GBR
1968 Honda Racing F1 Honda RA301 Honda V12 RSA
1971 Penske-White Racing McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA
NC 0
1974 Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT
  • F2-entry

Complete Le Mans results

Year Position Category Race # Team Drivers Chassis Motor Laps
1962 8 GT 1.3 44 Team Lotus Engineering David Hobbs/
Frank Gardner
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 1.2L I4 286 [8]
1963 20 Ret'd P+3.0 6 Lola Cars Ltd. Richard Attwood/
David Hobbs
Lola Mk6 GT Ford 4.6L V8 151 [9]
1964 21 P 3.0 50 Standard Triumph David Hobbs/
Rob Slotemaker
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1.1L I4 272 [10]
1965 38 Ret'd. GT 1.3 52 Standard Triumph Ltd. David Hobbs/
Rob Slotemaker
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1.1L I4 71 [11]
1966 50 Ret'd. P 2.0 36 Maranello Concessionaires Mike Salmon/
David Hobbs
Ferrari Dino 206S Ferrari 2.0L V6 14 [12]
1967 53 Ret'd. P+5.0 11 Lola Cars Ltd./Team Surtees John Surtees/
David Hobbs
Lola T70 Mk.III Aston Martin 5.0L V8 3 [13]
1968 34 Ret'd. S 5.0 10 John Wyer Automotive Engineering Ltd. Paul Hawkins/
David Hobbs
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.9L V8 107 [14]
1969 3 S 5.0 7 John Wyer Automotive Engineering David Hobbs/
Mike Hailwood
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.9L V8 368 [15]
1970 41 Ret'd. S 2.0 22 John Wyer Automotive Engineering David Hobbs/
Mike Hailwood
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L Flat-12 49
1971 41 Ret'd. S 5.0 11 Roger Penske/Kirk F. White Mark Donohue/
David Hobbs
Ferrari 512 M/P Ferrari 5.0L V12
1972 20 Ret'd. S 3.0 16 Equipe Matra Simca Shell Jean-Pierre Jabouille/
David Hobbs
Matra Simca MS660C Matra 3.0L V12 278
1973–1978 No show.
1979 23 N/C Gr.6 +2.0 11 Grand Touring Cars Inc./
Ford Concessionaires France
Derek Bell/
David Hobbs/
Vern Schuppan
Mirage M10 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
1980 No show.
1981 24 Ret'd. Gr.5 53 EMKA Productions Limited David Hobbs/
Eddie Jordan/
Steve O'Rourke
BMW M1 Gr.5 BMW M88 3.5L I6 236
1982 4 IMSA GTX 79 John Fitzpatrick Racing John Fitzpatrick/
David Hobbs
Porsche 935/78 "Moby Dick" Porsche Type-935 2.7L Turbo Flat-6 329
1983 38 Ret'd. C 11 John Fitzpatrick Racing John Fitzpatrick/
David Hobbs/
Dieter Quester
Porsche 956 Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6 135
1984 3 C1 33 Skoal Bandit Porsche Team David Hobbs/
Philippe Streiff/
Sarel van der Merwe
Porsche 956 Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6 350
1985 4 C1 33 John Fitzpatrick Racing Jo Gartner/
David Hobbs/
Guy Edwards
Porsche 956 Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6 365
1986 No show.
1987 47 Ret'd C1 7 Joest Racing Sarel van der Merwe/
David Hobbs/
Chip Robinson
Porsche 962C Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6 4
1988 5 C1 7 Blaupunkt Joest Racing David Hobbs/
Didier Theys/
Franz Konrad
Porsche 962C Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6 380
1989 26 Ret'd. C1 15 Richard Lloyd Racing Steven Andskär/
David Hobbs/
Damon Hill
Porsche 962C GTi Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 228

Indy 500 results

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1971 68 16 169.571 30 20 107 0 Crash FS
1973 73 22 189.454 30 11 107 0 Flagged
1974 73 9 184.833 10 5 196 0 Flagged
1976 33 31 183.580 14 29 10 0 Water Leak
Totals 420 0
Starts 4
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 1
Top 10 1
Retired 2


  1. ^ FIA Year Book of Automobile Sport 1975. Patrick Stephens Ltd.. white p. 37. ISBN 0850591853. 
  2. ^ H. H. Pitt and M. N. Wicks, The Pitt Family of Payneham (Adelaide, 1977)
  3. ^ F.I.A. Year Book of Automobile Sport, P.S.L. Publications Limited., London, 1969.
  4. ^ "The Class of 2009". AutoWeek (Detroit, Michigan: Crain Communications) 59 (17): 62. August 24, 2009. ISSN 0192-9674. 
  5. ^ http://formula-one.speedtv.com/article/hobbs-the-north-american-swing/
  6. ^ Trenton Evening Times, September 7, 1971, Page 37.
  7. ^ David Hobbs 1976 Winston Cup Results – Racing-Reference.info
  8. ^ Motor Sport, August 1962, Pages 594–595.
  9. ^ Motor Sport, July 1963, Pages 500, 501, 504.
  10. ^ Motor Sport, July 1964, Page 536.
  11. ^ Motor Sport, July 1965, Page 565.
  12. ^ Motor Sport, July 1966, Page 596.
  13. ^ Motor Sport, July 1967, Pages 587–589.
  14. ^ Motor Sport, November 1968, Pages 1016–1017.
  15. ^ Motor Sport, July 1969, Pages 723–725.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Cannon
US Formula A/F5000

Succeeded by
Graham McRae

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