Jody Scheckter

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Jody Scheckter
Scheckter Monza 1979.jpg
FIA Super Licence Flag of South Africa South Africa
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1972 Formula One season - 1980 Formula One season
TeamsMcLaren, Tyrrell Racing, Walter Wolf Racing, Ferrari
Races113 (111 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions1 (1979 Formula One season)
Wins10
Podiums33
Career points246 (255)[1]
Pole position3
Fastest lap5
First race1972 United States Grand Prix
First win1974 Swedish Grand Prix
Last win1979 Italian Grand Prix
Last race1980 United States Grand Prix

Jody David Scheckter (born January 29, 1950) is a South Africa former Auto racing driver, the 1979 Formula One World Drivers Champion.

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Career


Scheckter was born in East London, South Africa, South Africa and educated at Selborne College.

He rapidly ascended to the ranks of Formula One after moving to United Kingdom in 1970. He debuted in Formula One at Watkins Glen International in 1972 Formula One season with Team McLaren and ran as high as 3rd place before spinning and finishing 9th. Immediately becoming a name to watch, he continued his development the following year, winning the Formula 5000 championship and racing 5 times in F1. In France, he almost won in his third start in F1 before crashing into Emerson Fittipaldi. In his next start, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Scheckter was involved in a big accident which took nearly a dozen cars out of the race, an incident which in many ways summed up his early career. Scheckter's McLaren M23 bore the number zero during the American and Canadian Grands Prix of 1973. Scheckter is one of only two F1 drivers to compete under this number, the other being Damon Hill.

Scheckter in the iconic Tyrrell P34.

Tyrrell Racing in 1974 gave him his first full-time drive in F1. Jody rewarded them with a 3rd place finish in the drivers' championship and a pair of wins in 1974 Swedish Grand Prix and 1974 British Grand Prix. During the year, he scored points in 8 consecutive races, one of the longer streaks of the time. A slight off-year followed, although he did become the only South African to win the South African Grand Prix, but his third year with the team in 1976 gave him another 3rd place finish in the driver's championship. In that season, Tyrrell introduced the most radical car in F1 history, the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34. Scheckter gave the six-wheeler its only win on Sweden's Scandinavian Raceway circuit and in his 12 races with the car, he scored points 10 times. This included a thrilling race-long battle for the lead in the American Grand Prix between himself and his great friend James Hunt.

Scheckter left for Walter Wolf (industrialist)'s new team in 1977 and Scheckter gave the team a win in its maiden race. He won twice more with the team and was commonly on the podium when he finished, but finished 2nd behind a more dominant Niki Lauda in points. A 7th place finish with the team in 1978 followed and he left the team after the season to join Ferrari to partner Gilles Villeneuve in the team's ground effect 312T4 car.

Critics felt he would not get along well with management at Ferrari, but he far surpassed expectations and helped give F1's most recognizable team another constructors' championship, while Scheckter's consistent finishes, with three wins among them, gave him the driver's championship in 1979[2]. However, he struggled very badly in his 1980 title defense, even failing to qualify for one race. After only managing 2 points, Scheckter retired from the team and the sport.

In 1981, Scheckter won the World Superstars competition in Key Biscayne, Florida. He defeated athletes such as Russ Francis, Renaldo Nehemiah, Peter Mueller, Rick Barry, Gaetan Boucher and Andy Ripley.

Scheckter was the last driver to win a driver's championship for Ferrari until Michael Schumacher did so 21 years later. After Scheckter's retirement, he founded FATS Inc, a company which built firearms training simulators for military, law enforcement and security organizations. The sale of the company provided funds to allow Scheckter to help the racing careers of his sons Tomas Scheckter and Toby Scheckter. Tomas races in the Indy Racing League and held pole position for the 2003 Indianapolis 500. Scheckter's brother, Ian Scheckter, also raced in F1 for a few years.

In 2004 Scheckter was reunited with his championship-winning Ferrari at the South African two-seater F1x2 Charity Grand Prix at Kyalami in South Africa.

Scheckter was a guest commentator for ITV during the 1999 San Marino Grand Prix, replacing Martin Brundle.

Scheckter now spends his time as an Organic farm[3] after buying Laverstoke Park farm, near Overton, located in Hampshire, 40 miles west of London. As an organic farming expert, Scheckter was featured in 2005 on the Visionhealth DVD and TV documentaries "Asthma: An Integrated Approach", "Arthritis: An Integrated Approach" and "Diabetes: An Integrated Approach". On 26 February 2008, he also appeared on the Horizon (BBC TV series) television show to make a case for Organic food.

Complete Formula One results

(F1 driver results legend 2) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points[1]
1972 Formula One season McLaren McLaren McLaren M19A Cosworth V8 1972 Argentine Grand Prix
1972 South African Grand Prix
1972 Spanish Grand Prix
1972 Monaco Grand Prix
1972 Belgian Grand Prix
1972 French Grand Prix
1972 British Grand Prix
1972 German Grand Prix
1972 Austrian Grand Prix
1972 Italian Grand Prix
1972 Canadian Grand Prix
1972 United States Grand Prix
9
NC 0
1973 Formula One season McLaren McLaren McLaren M19A Cosworth V8 1973 Argentine Grand Prix
1973 Brazilian Grand Prix
1973 South African Grand Prix
9
1973 Spanish Grand Prix
1973 Belgian Grand Prix
1973 Monaco Grand Prix
1973 Swedish Grand Prix
NC 0
McLaren McLaren M23 1973 French Grand Prix
Ret
1973 British Grand Prix
DNS
1973 Dutch Grand Prix
1973 German Grand Prix
1973 Austrian Grand Prix
1973 Italian Grand Prix
1973 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1973 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1974 Formula One season Elf Aquitaine Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell 006 Cosworth V8 1974 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1974 Brazilian Grand Prix
13
1974 South African Grand Prix
8
3rd 45
Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell 007 1974 Spanish Grand Prix
5
1974 Belgian Grand Prix
3
1974 Monaco Grand Prix
2
1974 Swedish Grand Prix
1
1974 Dutch Grand Prix
5
1974 French Grand Prix
4
1974 British Grand Prix
1
1974 German Grand Prix
2
1974 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1974 Italian Grand Prix
3
1974 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1974 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1975 Formula One season Elf Aquitaine Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell 007 Cosworth V8 1975 Argentine Grand Prix
11
1975 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1975 South African Grand Prix
1
1975 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1975 Monaco Grand Prix
7
1975 Belgian Grand Prix
2
1975 Swedish Grand Prix
7
1975 Dutch Grand Prix
16
1975 French Grand Prix
9
1975 British Grand Prix
3
1975 German Grand Prix
Ret
1975 Austrian Grand Prix
8
1975 Italian Grand Prix
8
1975 United States Grand Prix
6
7th 20
1976 Formula One season Elf Aquitaine Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell 007 Cosworth V8 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix
5
1976 South African Grand Prix
4
1976 United States Grand Prix West
Ret
1976 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
3rd 49
Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell P34 1976 Belgian Grand Prix
4
1976 Monaco Grand Prix
2
1976 Swedish Grand Prix
1
1976 French Grand Prix
6
1976 British Grand Prix
2
1976 German Grand Prix
2
1976 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1976 Dutch Grand Prix
5
1976 Italian Grand Prix
5
1976 Canadian Grand Prix
4
1976 United States Grand Prix
2
1976 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
1977 Formula One season Walter Wolf Racing Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR1 Cosworth V8 1977 Argentine Grand Prix
1
1977 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1977 South African Grand Prix
2
1977 United States Grand Prix West
3
1977 Monaco Grand Prix
1
1977 Swedish Grand Prix
Ret
1977 British Grand Prix
Ret
1977 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1977 Canadian Grand Prix
1
2nd 55
Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR2 1977 Spanish Grand Prix
3
1977 German Grand Prix
2
1977 Dutch Grand Prix
3
1977 United States Grand Prix
3
Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR3 1977 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1977 French Grand Prix
Ret
1977 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1977 Japanese Grand Prix
10
1978 Formula One season Walter Wolf Racing Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR4 Cosworth V8 1978 Argentine Grand Prix
10
7th 24
Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR1 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1978 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1978 Monaco Grand Prix
3
1978 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR3 1978 United States Grand Prix West
Ret
Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR5 1978 Spanish Grand Prix
4
1978 Swedish Grand Prix
Ret
1978 French Grand Prix
6
1978 British Grand Prix
Ret
1978 German Grand Prix
2
1978 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1978 Italian Grand Prix
12
Walter Wolf Racing Wolf WR6 1978 Dutch Grand Prix
12
1978 United States Grand Prix
3
1978 Canadian Grand Prix
2
1979 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312T3 Ferrari Flat-12 1979 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1979 Brazilian Grand Prix
6
1st 51 (60)
Ferrari 312T4 1979 South African Grand Prix
2
1979 United States Grand Prix West
2
1979 Spanish Grand Prix
4
1979 Belgian Grand Prix
1
1979 Monaco Grand Prix
1
1979 French Grand Prix
7
1979 British Grand Prix
5
1979 German Grand Prix
4
1979 Austrian Grand Prix
4
1979 Dutch Grand Prix
2
1979 Italian Grand Prix
1
1979 Canadian Grand Prix
4
1979 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1980 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312T5 Ferrari Flat-12 1980 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1980 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1980 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1980 United States Grand Prix West
5
1980 Belgian Grand Prix
8
1980 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1980 French Grand Prix
12
1980 British Grand Prix
10
1980 German Grand Prix
13
1980 Austrian Grand Prix
13
1980 Dutch Grand Prix
9
1980 Italian Grand Prix
8
1980 Canadian Grand Prix
DNQ
1980 United States Grand Prix
11
19th 2

Notes


  1. 1.0 1.1 Up until 1990 Formula One season, not all points scored by a driver contributed to their final World Championship tally (see List of Formula One World Championship pointscoring systems for more information). Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  2. "F1 Teams & Drivers Hall of Fame: Jody Schekter". http://www.formula1.com/teams_and_drivers/hall_of_fame/283/. Retrieved on 2007-10-24. 
  3. "Formula One's Jody Scheckter Turns to Meat". foodmanufacture.co.uk. March 1, 2007. http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/4388/Formula_One's_Jody_Scheckter_turns_to_meat.html. 


Preceded by
Mario Andretti
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1979 Formula One season
Succeeded by
Alan Jones (Formula 1)

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