My Formula 5000
Gordon Smiley, born April 29, 1946 in Omaha was one of the early
1970s dominant Formula Ford drivers, competing and winning in
professional races (IMSA F-100), SCCA nationals and professional FF
series in the United Kingdom where at one time he led the three
national championships entered in his factory supported Merlyn Mk. 25.
He drove up through the US FB ranks to arrive at F5000 in 1973 with a
brand new McRae GM-1 based out of a shop in Kansas City. His
resume is short, two races, but he impressed in each. At MIS he
started in the back due to mechanical difficulties in qualifying, along
with another of the faster drivers, Brett Lunger. As they raced through
the field, running fifth and sixth, Lunger unceremoniously hit Smiley's
leading McRae in the side, eliminating both in the ensuing crash. His
second and final race at Mid-Ohio he featured throughout, finishing
fifth in difficult wet/dry conditions. Serious conflicts with the
winner/sponsor ended Smiley's run in the series, but he continued in
formula cars to shine in F-Atlantic and later became the last American
to win an FIA international F-1 race, the Aurora AFX season finale at a
wet Silverstone in 1979 with a prototype Surtees TS20+.  Smiley
returned to the states as a driver in CART for Patrick Racing and ran
in front with  his teammates Mario Andretti and Gordon Johncock to
lead the 1981 Indianapolis 500 until contact while lapping a
backmarker put him out of the race. He died in a horrific qualifying
crash at Indianapolis May 15, 1982.



I would like to thank "David Hutson" for permission to use the above  
article he wrote about Gordon Smiley, friends in there youth.
Date
Event
#
Car
Finish
1973
MIS
21
McRae GM-1
 
1973
Mid-Ohio
21
McRae GM-1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gordon Smiley
Photo 1974 & Profile 1980's
Born April 29, 1946
Mosport
Sept. 11,12,13, 1970
Gordon appears in our Mid-Ohio movie
1973 and also 1973 heat race 2
Car #21
McRae GM-12/008 driven by Gordon
Smiley of Kansas City, being loaded
for transport to first race, Michigan in
1973.  David Hutson