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Jim Pace Biography – Jim Pace Wiki
Jim Pace was an American racing driver. He was an 18-time participant in the Rolex 24 At Daytona from 1990-2016. He won in his first start, taking GTU honors in a Team Highball Mazda RX-7. He began his racing career in Barber Saab in 1988, and quickly moved up to sports cars. He finished third in IMSA Camel Lights in 1991, winning at Road America in an Essex Racing Kudzu-Buick. He won the 1994 IMSA Camel GTU championship, winning three races for Leitzinger Racing at Road Atlanta, Indianapolis Raceway Park and Laguna Seca.
Pace took overall honors in 1996, driving with Wayne Taylor and Scott Sharp in a Doyle Racing Olds-Riley & Scott Mk III. He followed up his 1996 Rolex 24 victory by winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in the same car with Taylor and Eric Van de Poele. Pace took his third victory of the season at Texas World Speedway, co-driving with Taylor. He finished ninth in the championship, scoring five podium finishes. Pace also participated with the team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, co-driving with Taylor and Sharp.
Pace helped to sow the seeds of motorsport through his decades-long contributions at the Skip Barber Racing School, including providing coaching and advice to top talents on their way to IndyCar and sports car careers.
In recent years, he was part of 50-Plus Racing/Highway to Help, competing to raise funds for Alzheimer’s awareness. In the 50th anniversary of the event in 2012, he co-drove with AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson to a 12th-place finish. He finished eighth in the Prototype class in 2015 and 2016.
Pace had grown his role with Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) in recent years, acquiring an ownership stake in 2015 as well as continuing to foster the paddock experience as a coach and mentor.
Jim Pace Age
He was born on February 1, 1961, in Monticello, Mississippi, United States. He died on November 13, 2020. He was 59 years old.
Jim Pace Death
Jim Pace passed away on November 13, 2020, in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 59, after contracting COVID-19, according to Jim Pace’s family. Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) announced his death in a statement on Facebook. The statement read: “It is with great sadness, we have to announce the passing of our dear friend Jim Pace. To those who knew him, he was your friend, your brother, mentor and hero all wrapped into one. The consummate professional. Never a bad word, always a smile on his face. Jim took great pride in knowing all of you, and helping each of you achieve your dreams at the track, whether it was a spec Miata day, or an IMSA weekend. His enthusiasm for all things mechanical and all things racing was endless, but his love for humanity, and the people who make racing possible, was special.”
Wayne Taylor said in a tweet from Wayne Taylor Racing: “It’s very, very sad news. Hard to believe. Jim and I drove together and won at Daytona and Sebring in 1996. My condolences to his family. I always said he was one of the nicest people and one of the best teammates I ever had.”
IMSA President John Doonan said in a statement: “Racer, Teacher, and Loyal Friend. These are three simple words to describe Jim Pace and the loss our sport feels today due to his passing. When it comes to racing and driving, Jim did it all and saw it all. From a beginner to a champion…Jim counseled drivers on the path to the top after he himself rode that same journey. All of us at IMSA are devastated by losing such a great champion and friend.”
In lieu of flowers, Jim Pace’s family has asked that donations be made to Wounded Warriors or Alzheimer’s Research in his name.
Jim Pace Cause of Death
Jim Pace’s cause of death was complications from COVID-19.
Jim Pace Net Worth
Jim Pace’s net worth was estimated to be $3 million. He acquired an ownership stake in Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) in 2015.