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Phil Hill (Philip Toll Hill Jr.)

Nation: USA
DOB: 20 April 1927, Miami - Florida
Deceased:28 August 2008, California
Grand Prix entered:49
World Championships: 2 (1962, 1968)
Podiums: 16
Wins: 3
Fastest laps5
Points: 100.00
First Race:1958-07-06 Rheims, Maserati
Last Race:1966-09-04 Monza DNQ, Eagle
1964 Cooper 
1963 ATS, Lotus 
1961 Ferrari 
1960 Cooper, Ferrari- 
1959 Ferrari 
1958 Ferrari, Maserati 

Philip Toll Hill Jr., (born April 20, 1927 in Miami, Florida) is the only American-born driver to win the Formula One driving championship.

Raised in Santa Monica, California, where he still lives, Phil Hill began racing cars at an early age, going to England as a Jaguar trainee in 1949 and signing with Enzo Ferrari’s team in 1956. He made his debut in the French Grand Prix at Reims France in 1958 driving a Maserati. That same year, he won the 24 hours of Le Mans with Belgian team mate Olivier Gendebien, driving for most of the night in horrific rainy conditions. He and Gendebien would go on to win the famous endurance race two more times.

In 1961, Phil Hill won the 24 hours of Le Mans again and the Formula One driving championship for the Ferrari team, although somewhat due to the death of his teammate and main championship contender Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips. Unlike Mario Andretti, Hill is born in the USA, and still the only US-born F1 champion.

After leaving Ferrari at the end of 1962 in the the great walkout of engineers, he and fellow driver Giancarlo Baghetti started for their new team ATS. Hill continued in Formula One for a few more years until he switched to sports car racing with Ford Motor Company and the Chaparral Cars of Jim Hall.

Phil Hill has the distinction of having won the first (a 3 lap event at Carrell Speedway in a MG TC on July 24 1949) and last races of his driving career, the final victory driving for Chaparral in the "BOAC 500" at Brands Hatch in England in 1967.

His son Derek raced in Formula 3000 in 2003.

In 1991, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America as the sole sports cars driver in the inaugural 1989 class.

Primary career victories :

24 Hours of Le Mans (3) : 1958, 1961, 1962
12 Hours of Sebring (3) : 1958, 1959, 1961
1000km Buenos Aires (2) : 1958, 1960
1000km Nürburgring (2) : 1962, 1966
F1 Italian Grand Prix (2) : 1960, 1961
F1 Belgian Grand Prix (1) : 1961

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2008 17:06

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