Jim Hawes started racing Go-Karts in 1957 at the age of 11. He raced
a Bug Sprite in Southern California slalom and autocross events in
1964. He began racing the Sprite in SCCA H-production events in
1965 before a 2-year stint in the U.S. Army. He returned from the Army
and was instrumental in helping construct the first series of Quasar
sports racing cars with Fred Puhn at Chassis Engineering Company.
He won the Southern Pacific C-Sports Racing title in 1971 and
competed in the ARRC at Road Atlanta where he finished 5th. In 1972
he moved to Riverside California where he opened Racecraft at
Riverside International Raceway. Racecraft became the West Coast
dealer for Merlyn racing cars and Jim raced Merlyn Formula Fords
during the 1972 and 73 seasons.
At the end of the 1973 season he purchased the F-5000 Carling Black
Label Lola T-330 that had been campaigned by Tony Adamowicz for
Roy Woods Racing. With partial sponsorship from Warren Brownfield
and Air Flow Research he competed in the 1974 F5000 series. In his
first pro start, Jim finished 8th at Mid-Ohio after qualifying 12th. A
practice crash at Mosport caused him to miss qualifying but starting at
the rear of the grid he moved up to finish 9th. Mechanical problems
resulted in 17th and 21st finishes at Watkins Glen and Road America.
Residents, Carlsbad, CA