A graduate of the University of Wenatchee in Washington in 1956 and the University of Utah in 1958, Dick Simon became an avid sky-diver winning the 1966 National Sky-Diving Championship.In 1962, Dick parachuted into the Salt Lake City Fairgrounds which is where he first stepped into a race car.Just a few years later, at the age of 36, Dick qualified for his first Indianapolis 500 as a team owner and driver.He still remains the only Utah resident to ever have qualified for the Indianapolis 500.In his career as a driver, Dick qualified in 19 Indy 500s and competed in 183 IndyCar races with many top 10 finishes including 6th place in the Indy 500.
In 1983, Dick andDianne founded Dick Simon Racing, Inc.As partner and co-owner of Dick Simon Racing, Inc., Dianne became the first actively involved woman team owner in IndyCar racing.
In 1988, Dick retired as driver to concentrate on owning and managing the team.Until retirement from Indy Car racing, Dick Simon was considered a top sportsman and one of the best promoters for sponsors in IndyCar racing.
Dick’s accomplishments also include being the alternate to the 1960 Olympic Ski Team, National Champion Parachute Jumper, an expert scuba diver and a multi-engine pilot.
In 1991 Dick and Dianne founded Dick Simon Marine which they owned and operated until 2002.During that time Dick Simon Marine became the one of the largest yacht dealers in the west coast.Dick was elected and served for two consecutive 3-year terms on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Marine Association.After a 5-year respite from yacht and brokerage sales, in mid 2009 Dick and Dianne formed Dick Simon Yachts, Inc., a yacht brokerage located in Dana Point Harbor.
Thankfully, due to a lot of hard work and the help of their very capable and professional staff, the brokerage is today one of the most actively engaged brokerages in South County in terms of listings taken and sold.