6/1/1926, James „Jim“ Rathmann, a.k.a „Dick“ Rathmann is born in Los Angeles, USA.
Brother to 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner „Jim“ Rathmann, James helped his younger brother Richard to enter a race while underage in 1946 by swapping their birth certificates, so Richard could race under the name “Jim”. He managed to enter himself without queries under the name “Dick” and it stuck. After two seasons with ChampCars in 1949 and 1950 he moved to NASCAR the following season where he won 13 races along the years. Among others feats, he became the first driver ever to win from last on the grid with his victory in the 1954 Oakland round. Dick appears in Formula 1 statistics as scoring one pole position, but that obviously being for the 1958 Indianapolis 500. He became the first Indy pole-sitter to fail to complete a single lap as he was taken out by Ed Elisian in the 3rd corner, resulting in a mass-collision which cost the life of Pat O’Connor. James Rathman retired from racing in the 1960’s and moved to Florida to join up with his brother Jim and his sibling’s hugely successful Chevrolet business in some form or another until his death in 2000.
Born: 6th of January 1926 in Los Angeles, USA;
Died: 1st of February 2000 in Melbourne, USA, aged 74.