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United States Paul Richard 'Richie' Ginther

Races: 54
Podiums: 14
Career Points: 102

1960United States Reventlow Automobiles Inc Scarab   Scarab 2.5 L4 F1 
1960Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari   Ferrari 155 2.4 V6 Ferrari 246 P F1 
1961Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 40 Ferrari 178 1.5 V6 Ferrari 156 
1962United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM 42 BRM P56 1.5 V8 BRM P57
1963United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM 36 BRM P56 1.5 V8, BRM P60 1.5 V8 BRM P57
1964United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM 42 BRM P60 1.5 V8 P261
1965Japan Honda Racing F1 Team Honda 11 Honda RA272E 1.5 V12 Honda RA272 
1966Japan Honda Racing F1 Team Honda Honda RA273E 3.0 V12 RA273 
1966United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper 30 Maserati 9/F1 3.0 V12 T81 
1967United States Anglo American Racers Gurney 13 Climax FPF 2.8 L4, Weslake 58 3.0 V12 Gurney Eagle

Richie Ginther: Small but Mighty

By Jeremy McMullen
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It was the last lap. Only about three seconds separated first from second and the second place driver was coming on strong. Behind the leader were the big teams of Formula One. Behind the leader were bigger drivers, both in stature and in accomplishment. Even though he had led the race from the very beginning it seemed certain the victory would be snatched from him right before the end. Many times before, this driver had put in the performances of his life only to come up short. But this day would be different. It was the Mexican Grand Prix of 1965 and American Richie Ginther would add his name to the exclusive list of grand prix winners.

There was no denying Ginther's stature as an able-bodied car developer and driver, even if his small size would have suggested otherwise. Although he would not become a World Champion like his friend Phil Hill, his distinctive, wide smile and team-oriented style would cause him to be considered one of the greats even without all of the awards and accolades.

There are people, like a Jim Clark, that would definitely be considered natural drivers. There are others that would have to be considered natural car engineers that had a talent for driving. This would certainly describe Paul Richard 'Richie' Ginther.

Born in Los Angeles, California on the 5th of August in 1930, Paul Richard 'Richie' Ginther would be born and raised in a city of larger-than-life, apparently flawless characters. He certainly would not fit the mold. Short in stature and freckle-faced, Richie certainly didn't stand out in a crowd. If anything, he would be lost.

Richie's father worked for Douglas Aircraft and he would soon get his son a job with the company. This could not have suited young Richie better as his natural talent as an engineer and mechanic would be able to grow and prosper.A lover of all things mechanical, Ginther would often build hot rods. This would lead him to meeting a fellow Los Angeles resident Phil Hill. Hill would seek out Ginther to help him prepare his race cars and the two would develop a close relationship that would help out both of their careers.

Richie would race hot rods and then began to take sportscar racing a bit more seriously as he prepared Hill's cars. However, his career would seemingly be put on hold when he would be drafted into military service. Serving for two years in the military as a mechanic during the Korean War, Ginther would gain invaluable experience. He would also gain much more knowledge in engineering, especially in aerodynamics. This would also come into play later on in his career.

Upon returning from service, Hill would waste no time recruiting Ginther's services and the two would actually take part in the Carrera Panamericana in 1953 driving one of only three Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinettas to be produced by the Ferrari factory. The duo would fail to finish the race but they would be back the following year and would finish the arduous long-distance race a very praiseworthy second behind Umberto Maglioli.
1967T1GClimax FPF 2.8 L4, Weslake 58 3.0 V12
1967Gurney EagleClimax FPF 2.8 L4, Weslake 58 3.0 V12
1966RA273Honda RA273E 3.0 V12
1966T81Maserati 9/F1 3.0 V12
1965Honda RA272Honda RA272E 1.5 V12
1964P67BRM P60 1.5 V8
1964P261BRM P60 1.5 V8
1963P61BRM P56 1.5 V8, BRM P60 1.5 V8
1963BRM P57BRM P56 1.5 V8, BRM P60 1.5 V8
1962P48/57BRM P56 1.5 V8
1962BRM P57BRM P56 1.5 V8
1961Ferrari 156Ferrari 178 1.5 V6
1960Ferrari 246 P F1Ferrari 155 2.4 V6
1960F1Scarab 2.5 L4

The success in the Carrera Panamericana and in a number of other sportscar races driving an Austin-Healey 100 would lead to Ginther getting offered drives for bigger sportscar entities like John von Neumann's racing team.

In his first race for von Neumann, the 4th Stockton Sports Car Races, Ginther would take the Porsche 550 he was driving and would earn an overall victory. This would lead to a number of other top five and podium finishes over the course of 1955 and '56. The pairing of Ginther and the Porsche 550 was certainly a winning combination.

Besides winning races with the Porsche 550, Ginther's talents would see him also take victories in Ferraris and Coopers. The victories and top results would keep coming but his career would certainly take-off to greater heights when he took victory in the GT class at the 1959 12 Hours of Sebring. Ginther had already attracted the attention of the factory in Maranello, but the class victory on a big stage like Sebring would be that final performance they would need to see. Ferrari would immediately put Ginther's talents to the test. Paired with Wolfgang von Trips driving a Ferrari 250 TR in the 1960 1000km of Buenos Aires, Richie would come through to finish the event in second place behind Phil Hill and Cliff Allison. This result would lead Ferrari to turn Ginther into a developmental driver.

Having served in the military as part of a team, Ginther would fall naturally into his development-driver role and would do a great deal to help make the cars better. This humility, and talent, would go a long way to provide the out-of-place Ginther his first experience in Formula One.

Ginther's debut in Formula One would make many other drivers jealous. Teammates to Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips, Ginther would get his Formula One debut with Ferrari, and at the Monaco Grand Prix no less. He would end up finishing well back but he would still come through to finish in 6th place; a championship point earned in his very first race.

This performance would be followed up with another 6th place in the Grand Prix of the Netherlands. Then, in front of the ever-passionate Italian crowd at the Italian Grand Prix, Ginther would rise to the occasion and would come home in 2nd place behind his friend and fellow Ferrari teammate Phil Hill. It would be a remarkable race as Americans would stand first and second on the podium.

Eagle  Eagle  RA272  RA272  P57  P57  P57  P57  156  156  246 P F1  246 P F1  
Throughout 1960, Scuderia Ferrari struggled in Formula One with its obsolete front-engined cars. It was clear the way forward in the future would be with the engine at the back. Therefore, the factory would set about creating a rear-engine grand prix and sportscar. This is where Ginther's prowess as a mechanic and engineering talent would come back to the fore.

The new Ferrari sportscar was suffering from atrocious handling problems. Richie would think about the problem for a moment. Thinking back to his experience with Douglas Aircraft and with the military he would come up with a very simple idea of welding a small strip of metal to the rear of the car. The car would return to the circuit and immediately the handling would be better; the spoiler was born.

In 1961, Richie would really begin to hit his stride. Not only would he be instrumental in helping Ferrari's developmental program but at Monaco he would go on to set the fastest lap of the race and would end up 2nd to Stirling Moss. It would've been entirely possible that he gained his first World Championship victory that day had Stirling Moss not had what many consider to be his finest drive in Formula One.

United States Drivers  F1 Drivers From United States 
Dennis Aase
Tony Adamowicz
Jim Adams
Fred Agabashian
Warren Agor
George Alderman
Bill Amick
George Amick
Richard 'Red' Amick
Mario Gabriele Andretti
Michael Mario Andretti
Cliff Apel
Fred Armbruster
Chuck Arnold
Fred Baker
John 'Skip' Barber III
Dick Barbour
Melvin E. 'Tony' Bettenhausen
Art Bisch
Harry Blanchard
Robert Bondurant
Johnny Boyd
Don Branson
Merle Brennan
Mike Brockman
Bobby Brown
Dick Brown
James Ernest Bryan
Bob Bucher
Ronnie Bucknum
Temple Hoyne Buell
Stan Burnett
Jim Butcher
Tom Butz
Joe Buzzetta
Philip Cade
Duane Carter
David Causey
Bob Challman
Jay Chamberlain
Bill Cheesbourg
Edward McKay 'Eddie' Cheever, Jr.
Paul Christianson
Bob Christie
Kevin Cogan
George Constantine
Ron Courtney
Jerry Crawford
Ray Crawford
Bill Cuddy
Chuck Daigh
Candido DaMota
Jimmy Daywalt
Norman Demler
John Dennis
Eno DePasquale
Steve Diulo
Frank J. Dochnal
Mark Neary Donohue, Jr.
Brooke Doran
Bob Drake
George Drolsom
Dick Durant
Steve Durst
Tom Dutton
Don Edmunds
Ed Elisian
Jerry Entin
Bill Eve
Walt Faulkner
Len Faustina
Ed Felter
Gene Fisher
John Cooper Fitch
George Francis 'Pat' Flaherty, Jr.
George Follmer
Billy Foster
Anthony Joseph 'A.J.' Foyt, Jr.,
Chuck Frederick
Don Freeland
David Fry
Richard Galloway
Fred Gamble
Mike Gammino
Billy Garrett
Bud Gates
Elmer George
Paul Richard 'Richie' Ginther
Ron Goldleaf
Paul Goldsmith
Mike Goth
Jerry Grant
Ross Greenville
Peter Holden Gregg
Masten Gregory
Robert 'Bobby' Grim
Dick Guldstrand
John Gunn
Miles Gupton
Daniel Sexton Gurney
Jim Hall
Ed Hamill
Sam Hanks
Jerry Hansen
Walt Hansgen
Bob Harris
Dennis Harrison
J Frank Harrison
Leslie 'Gene' Hartley
Charlie Hayes
Hurley Haywood
Al Herman
Ron Herrera
Tom Heyser
Philip Toll Hill, Jr
Jay Hills
Mike Hiss
Bill Holland
George Hollinger
Doug Hooper
Danny Hopkins
Skip Hudson
Gus Hutchison
Leonard Janke
Don Jensen
Anson Johnson
Eddie Johnson
Earl Jones
Parnelli Jones
Tom Jones
Dave Jordan
Frank Kahlich
Al Keller
Charlie Kemp
Bruce Kessler
Charlie Kolb
Oscar Koveleski
Mak Kronn
Roy Kumnick
Lynn Kysar
Ron LaPeer
Clarence Walter 'Jud' Larson
Bob Lazier
Joe Leonard
Ed Leslie
Andy Linden
Gerard Carlton 'Pete' Lovely
Joe Lubin
Robert Brett Lunger
Herbert MacKay-Fraser
Charles Michael 'Mike' Magill
Timothy A. Mayer II
Roger McCluskey
Jim McWithey
Rick Miaskiewicz
Jack Millikan
Milt Minter
Don Morin
Bud Morley
William Morrow
Lothar Motschenbacher
Rick Muther
Bob Nagel
Dennis 'Duke' Nalon
Danny Ongais
Robert O' Brien
Pat O'Connor
Brian O'Neil
Chuck Parsons
Johnnie Parsons
Scooter Patrick
Jim Paul
Bob Peckham
Roger S. Penske
Ted Peterson
Fred Pipin
Sam Posey
Hugh Powell
Wedge Rafferty
Robert Woodward 'Bobby' Rahal
George Ralph
Dick Rathmann
Jim Rathmann
Jimmy Reece
Paul Reinhart
Doug Revson
Peter Jeffrey Revson
Lloyd Ruby
Eddie Russo
Paul Russo
Troy Ruttman
Jack Ryan
Edward Julius Sachs, Jr
Boris 'Bob' Said
Ralph Salyer
David Earl 'Swede' Savage Jr.
Harry Schell
Robert Schroeder
Skip Scott
Tony Settember
James 'Hap' Sharp
Carroll Hall Shelby
Monte Shelton
Pete Sherman
Norman Smith
Scott Andrew Speed
Gene Stanton
Jef Stevens
Spencer Stoddard
Daniel John 'Danny' Sullivan III
Len Sutton
Tom Swindell
Marshall Teague
Clark 'Shorty' Templeman
Tom Terrell
Johnny Thomson
Bud Tinglestad
Jerry Titus
Tom Tobin
Johnnie Tolan
Ralph Treischmann
Jack Turner
Alfred 'Al' Unser
Robert William 'Bobby' Unser
Jerry Unser Jr.
Alfred 'Little Al' Unser, Jr.
Bob Veith
Fred Wacker
Lee Wallard
Rodger M. Ward
Herb Wetanson
Chuck Weyant
Dempsey Wilson
Gary Wilson
William Wonder
Roy Woods
John M Wyatt III
Bill Young
Gregg Young
As it turned out, Ginther would consistently come close but would never quite reach that top step of the podium. Richie would switch to BRM, or Owen Racing Organization, in 1962. Then, in 1963, he would have his best year in Formula One scoring three second place and two third place finishes. When it was all said and done, the American would finish the season third in the championship battle behind Jim Clark and his BRM teammate Graham Hill.

While his grand prix career was continuing to rise, his sportscar career was still very successful. Still with Ferrari at the time, Ginther would take 2nd place in the 1961 12 Hours of Sebring while being teamed with Giancarlo Baghetti and Willy Mairesse. Then, at the Nurburgring 1000 Kilometers, he and Olivier Gendebien would finish 3rd.

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Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg
2017 L. Hamilton
2018 L. Hamilton
2019 L. Hamilton

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