- Peter Revson
Former F1 driver
Name = Peter Revson
Nationality = flagicon|USA American
Years = F1|1964, F1|1971 - F1|1974
Team(s) = non-works Lotus, Tyrrell,
Races = 33 (30 starts)
Championships = 0
Wins = 2
Podiums = 8
Points = 61
Poles = 1
Fastest laps = 0
First race =
1964 Monaco Grand Prix
First win =
1973 British Grand Prix
Last win =
1973 Canadian Grand Prix
Last race =
1974 South African Grand Prix
Peter Jeffrey Revlon (renamed Revson) (
February 27, 1939- March 22, 1974aged age|1939|2|27|1974|3|22) was a racecar driver from United Stateswho had successes in Formula Oneand the Indianapolis 500.
Peter Revson was born in
New York City.
The nephew of
RevlonCosmetics industry magnate Charles Revson, he was an heir to his father Martin's fortune (reportedly worth over $1 billion). He was a young, handsome bachelor who was described as a "free spirit" that passed up an easy life for one of speed and danger. Off the track, he led his life at the same accelerated pace. Revson piloted a 32-foot ChrisCraft and courted some of the most beautiful women in the world, including fashion model and 1973 Miss World, Marjorie Wallace. He had met Wallace at the Indianapolis 500; she was an Indianapolis native who was referred to as the "Hoosier Hotshot."
Revson began racing while at
Cornell University. In 1968 he was part of the new Javelin racing program established by American Motors(AMC). [ [http://www.amx-perience.com/TransAmRacing1968.htm "Trans-Am Racing 1968", AMX-perience, undated] , retrieved on 2008-09-06.] At the first Trans-Am Seriesattempt, the 12 Hours of Sebring, Revson and Skip Scott drove to a 12th overall and took 5th in their class.cite book | last = Friedman
first = Dave
title = Trans-Am: The Pony Car Wars 1966-1972
publisher = MotorBooks/MBI Publishing Company
date = 2001
pages = chapter 3
url = http://books.google.com/books?id=btiA3wC0FtoC&pg=PT127&dq=1968+AMC+Javelin+wheelbase+length&ei=Kh3DSLMmiNzKBO6kgcAG&sig=ACfU3U3zSE3fiMOaT-shk2Wej2TNWGuzxg#PPT84,M1
isbn = 9780760309438 ] [ [http://www.americanmotorsracing.com/spcar1968.htm "1968 Sports Car Racing Results", SCCA Trans-Am Series] , retrieved on 2008-09-06.] In 1970 he teamed with
Steve McQueento place second in the 12 Hours of Sebring. Also in 1970, Revson was teammates with Mark Donohuein the Penske Racing AMC factory-team Javelins in the SCCA Trans Am. Revson joined McLaren in 1971 and became the first American to win the Can-Am Championship. That same season he finished second in the Indianapolis 500after posting the fastest qualifying time. He competed in the Indy 500 each year from 1969-1973. In 1972, Revson was named to the McLaren Formula Oneteam. He remained with the team for two years, winning the British Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix in 1973, before moving to Shadow in 1974. He is the last American born driver to win a Formula One race (Mario Andretti, who won in later years, is a naturalized American).
Complete World Championship Formula One results
() (Races in bold indicate pole position)
Indy 500 results
During a practice run for the
1974 South African Grand Prixin Kyalami, he was killed as a result of suspension failure on his Shadow Ford DN3. He was the second Revson to lose his life racing; his brother Douglas was killed in a crash in Denmark in 1967. Peter and Douglas Revson are interred together in a crypt at Ferncliff Cemeteryin Hartsdale, New York.
Revson was replaced by
Tom Pryce, who died three years later at the same Grand Prix.
He was inducted in the
Motorsports Hall of Fame of Americain 1996 in the sports car category.
* [http://www.artemisimages.com/gallery.aspx?photomode=5&keywords=Peter%20Revson Peter Revson Photos]
* [http://www.bruce-mclaren.com Bruce McLaren Trust website with articles featuring Revson]
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=41&GSmpid=45426922&GRid=21996& Peter Revson] at
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1WOIJkM2hE Video Tribute to Peter Revson]
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