Biography of Auto Racing Athlete Jackie Stewart

About the biography of auto racer Jackie Stewart, history and information about the athlete.

Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart is generally recognized as the most successful Grand Prix race driver in history.

When he retired from competition in October, 1973, he had won 27 Grand Prix victories, topping the record 25 that had been set by Jim Clark, who lost his life in a 1968 crash.

Born in 1939 in Dumbarton, Scotland, Stewart has lived for several years in Begnins, Switzerland. He was 34 years old when he retired from active competition, announcing his retirement 2 weeks after his withdrawal from the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y., following the crash that claimed the life of Francois Cevert, his teammate on the Tyrrell-Ford team.

Driving his 1st Formula One race in 1961, Stewart 1st attracted international recognition in 1965 when he won his 1st Formula One victory, the Italian Grand Prix. He finished that year 3rd in the world standings.

He captured the 1st of his 3 world championships in 1969 when he won 6 of the 11 scheduled races. His other world titles came in 1971 and 1973.

Stewart, who stands only 5'4" tall, had a great season in his final year of competition. He won the Grand Prix of South Africa, Belgium, Monaco, The Netherlands, and Germany. He finished 1973 with 71 points, topping the 1972 world champion, Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi, who collected 55 points.

Stewart won more than a million dollars during his racing career.

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