Driving career

Simon made his first driving appearance at Pacific Raceways in October 1969. He failed to start the race and failed to qualify for the other two races that he attempted that season. He made his race debut the following spring driving a second-hand Vollstedt chassis at Phoenix International Raceway but was sidelined by magneto failure after only 4 laps. He made his Indianapolis 500 debut that year and finished in the 14th position. At Ontario Motor Speedway that September, Simon captured his career-best finish of 3rd place and he finished 10th in the 1970 USAC National Championship. Simon would continue to be marginally competitive throughout the 1970s, never matching his finishes of the 1970 season. In 1979, Simon sided with USAC during its split with CART. In being one of the few drivers to complete the USAC schedule, Simon finished 8th in the Championship. In 1980 Simon moved to CART and continued to have little success throughout the 1980s while remaining marginally competitive. He logged his best CART season in 1987 when he made 11 starts and logged two top-tens including a 6th place at the Indy 500, good enough for 20th in the CART Championship. A partial season in 1988 where Simon logged a solid 9th place finish in the Indy 500 was his last as a driver.

Simon's driving career includes 183 starts (115 USAC and 78 CART) over 19 seasons spanning from 1970 to 1988. Among those starts is 17 Indy 500 appearances.

Team ownership

Main article: Dick Simon Racing

Dick Simon fielded his own race team beginning in 1983 and shortly thereafter began fielding cars for pay drivers, Dick Simon Racing being one of the most competitive teams offering race seats to such drivers almost always fielded current-year March and Lola chassis and had a competitive engine package. In 1989 the team fielded two fully funded drivers in Scott Brayton and Arie Luyendyk as the team moved towards the front of the pack. Simon fielded a car in the 1992 Indianapolis 500 for Lyn St. James who became the second woman to drive in the race. Raul Boesel finished 5th in points with 3 runner-up finishes in 1993, the team's best season result. The team had a difficult 1995 and Simon sold the team to Andy Evans who turned it into Team Scandia. Simon returned to ownership in theIndy Racing League IndyCar Series in 1999 but saw little success. The team was shut down after the team's driver Stéphan Grégoire failed to qualify for the 2001 Indianapolis 500.

Motorsports career results

American open wheel

Indianapolis 500 results

YearCarChassisEngineStartQualRankFinishLapsLedRetired
197044VollstedtFord31165.54832141680Flagged
197144VollstedtFord33141510Flagged
197244LolaFoyt23180.42425131860Out of Fuel
197327EagleFoyt27191.27619141000Piston
197444EagleFoyt10184.502113310Valve
197544EagleFoyt30181.89131211330Flagged
197617VollstedtOffy16182.342193210Rod
197717LightningOffy30185.6152931240Overheating
197817VollstedtOffy10192.96715191380Wheel Bearing
197917VollstedtOffy20185.0712626570Clutch
19808VollstedtOffy29182.7873022580Lost wheel
198122WatsonOffyFailed to qualify
198222WatsonCosworthFailed to qualify
198322MarchCosworth20192.99330151610Flagged
198422MarchCosworth20201.83526231120In Pits
198522MarchCosworth14208.5361426860Oil Pressure
198623LolaCosworth33141890Flagged
198722LolaCosworth6209.960761930Flagged
198822LolaCosworth16207.5552891960Flagged
199577LolaFord XBPractice laps only
Totals19540
Starts17
Poles0
Front Row0
Wins0
Top 50
Top 102
Retired10
  • Simon ran over 4,000 miles (6,400 km) at Indianapolis without ever leading a lap. This is 6th on the all-time list.

NASCAR

 (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)