Ian Ashley Biography: Ian Hugh Gordon Ashley is a British-German racing driver who has driven for the Token, Williams, BRM, and Hesketh teams in Formula One.
Ian Ashley Biography
Ian Ashley Biography: Ian Ashley was born on 26 October 1947 in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany. In 1966, Ashley began racing after attending the Jim Russell Racing School. He quickly got the nickname “Crashley” due to his speed but erratic behavior. In 1973, he was a front-runner in Formula 5000, which he achieved in 1972.
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|Date Of Birth||26 October 1947|
|Birth Place||Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany|
Ian Ashley Career
He made his Formula One debut in 1974 and temporarily drove for the Williams team in 1975. In Formula One, his fortunes declined during the middle 1970s. Soon after his two accidents, he was involved in two more severe collisions on circuits no longer utilized by Formula One. In 1975, during practice for the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, he crashed heavily at the tricky Pflanzgarten section and broke both ankles. In 1977, during practice for the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport Park, he flipped his Hesketh, vaulted the barrier, & crashed into a television tower. He never again competed in Formula One.
He debuted in a CART Championship Car at the Miami Grand Prix in 1985. The car entered in the 1986 Indianapolis 500 did not materialize on the track. However, he did compete in three CART races in 1986 and finished ninth at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, good enough for 28th place in the championship. He still needs to complete his other two 1986 starts. He also finished sixth in one Indy Lights race at Pocono Raceway. In 1987, he made one more CART appearance, again in Miami, but was dropped due to drivetrain issues.
After leaving Formula One, he continued a career as an executive aircraft pilot in the United States. He returned to racing in 1993, driving a Vauxhall in the British Touring Car Championship. After this, he raced motorcycle sidecar combinations for a limited time before competing in the TVR Tuscan Challenge one-make series.