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Bob Sharp was a racing driver and owner of Bob Sharp Racing. Bob is the father of Scott Sharp, an American professional racing driver, who is best known for his years as a competitor in the Indy Racing League.

Sharp's Datsun

Between 1967 and 1975, Sharp won the Sports Car Club of America national championships six times, (in B-Sedan, F-Production and C-Production) and the IMSA GTU title, racing for Datsun, whose cars he also sold.[1] One of his main motivations to campaign Datsuns was, he said, "You race cars to sell cars." His success with racing drove his Connecticut dealership to go from selling 200 Datsuns per year to selling 2000.[2]

In 1960, after serving in the Army and while attending college, Bob began racing his 1960 Austin-Healey "bug-eye" Sprite, in spite of it being his "daily driver" used to go back and forth to school.[2] While his time at Nichols College was wrapping up, his racing and Datsun owner's club started earning him customers from Boston to Philadelphia, with the dealership becoming known for its racing-inspired attention to detail.[3]

Bob, who was the premier Datsun racer on the East Coast, introduced Paul Newman to competitive driving in 1971. By the following year, Newman joined Bob Sharp Racing, driving one of Bob's 510 B-sedans, and they spent many weekdays at Lime Rock Park discussing racing, while Paul got comfortable with the new Datsun car.[4][5]

SCCA National Championship Runoffs

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1964 Riverside Nissan Nissan G Production 10 Retired
1965 Daytona Nissan Nissan G Production 3 4 Running
1966 Riverside Nissan SRL311 Nissan F Production 14 1 Retired
Nissan Nissan G Production 5 Running
1967 Daytona Nissan Nissan F Production 1 3 Running
Nissan Nissan C Production 12 3 Running
1968 Riverside Nissan SPL311 Nissan F Production 2 3 Running
Nissan SPL311 Nissan C Production 16 4 Retired
1969 Daytona Nissan SRL311U Nissan D Production 4 4 Running
Nissan SRL311U Nissan F Production 5 9 Running
1970 Road Atlanta Nissan 240Z Nissan C Production 2 4 Running
1971 Road Atlanta Nissan 510 Nissan B Sedan 1 1 Running
Nissan 240Z Nissan C Production 2 2 Running
1972 Road Atlanta Nissan 240Z Nissan C Production 1 1 Running
Nissan 510 Nissan B Sedan 1 1 Running
1973 Road Atlanta Nissan 610 Nissan B Sedan 21 1 Retired
Nissan 240Z Nissan C Production 1 1 Running
1974 Road Atlanta Nissan 260Z Nissan C Production 3 5 Running
Nissan 610 Nissan B Sedan 2 2 Running
1975 Road Atlanta Nissan 280Z Nissan C Production 1 1 Running
Nissan 610 Nissan B Sedan 2 3 Running

External links

References

  1. ^ Brian Long; Yutaka Katayama (April 2006). Datsun Fairlady Roadster to 280zx: The Z-car Story. Veloce Publishing Ltd. pp. 130-134. ISBN 978-1-904788-07-2. 
  2. ^ a b Parkhurst, Terry (Spring 2002). "Bob Sharp and His "Beautiful Car"". Sport Z Magazine. Robert Bell: 20. 
  3. ^ Parkhurst, Terry (October 2012). "Bob Sharp - Fast with Class". Nissan Sport: 23. 
  4. ^ Matt Stone. Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman. pp. 24-27. ISBN 978-0-7603-3706-6. 
  5. ^ Rich Taylor. Lime Rock Park - 35 Years of Racing. Sharon Mountain Press. p. 117. ISBN 0-9633994-0-3. 

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