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Jim Rathmann

Jim Rathmann

(1928 – 2011)

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Jim Rathmann

Jim Rathmann
(1928 – 2011)

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Jim Rathmann

(1928 – 2011)
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This is an online obituary dedicated in memory of Jim Rathmann. He was born Royal Richard Rathmann and was an American race car driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1960.
He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series in the 1949-1950 and 1952-1963 seasons with 42 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in each of those seasons. Jim Rathmann also participated in the two runnings of the Race of Two Worlds at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy, winning the 1958 event. He had 6 victories in addition to his Indy 500 win. He also drove in 3 races in the NASCAR series from 1949-1951.
Jim Rathmann and his older brother notably swapped names while teenagers. As a 16-year old going by the name of "Dick
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Rathmann," he wanted to start racing. In order to enter races, he borrowed his older brother's I.D. and assumed the identity of "Jim Rathmann." The name change stuck for life in public circles.
On August 15, 2007, Jim Rathmann was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
During the Indy 500 in 1960, after starting in the middle of the first row, Jim Rathmann ran in the front the entire race. From the midway point on, Jim Rathmann and fellow driver Rodger Ward were locked in a neck and neck duel for first. Tire wear became an issue as the race wore on and Jim Rathmann was able to keep his wheels fresh long enough to outrace Ward to the finish. The race featured the most recorded lead changes
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in 500 history.
Jim Rathmann died on the 23rd November 2011. This is an online tribute dedicated to his life. May he rest in peace.
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Jim Rathmann

This is an online obituary dedicated in memory of Jim Rathmann. He was born Royal Richard Rathmann and was an American race car driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1960.
He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series in the 1949-1950 and 1952-1963 seasons with 42 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in each of those seasons. Jim Rathmann also participated in the two runnings of the Race of Two Worlds at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy, winning the 1958 event. He had 6 victories in addition to his Indy 500 win. He also drove in 3 races in the NASCAR series from 1949-1951.
Jim Rathmann and his older brother notably swapped names while teenagers. As a 16-year old going by the name of "Dick...

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