Greg Ray

Born:
3rd August 1966 (Age 53)
McKinney, Texas
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Being a former Indycar Champion and Indianapolis 500 pole winner should have ensured lifelong fame and employment for Greg Ray. But his success came at a time of deep divide in North American open-wheel racing. When teams and drivers started to defect from the rival Champ Car World Series to the Indy Racing League, he was one of the casualties.

Early single-seater career

Brought up around boats when helping out in the family marine company from an early age, Ray took a course at an SCCA Racing School in 1991 and his appetite for motor racing was whetted. That career began in Formula Ford 2000 and he won that national title in 1992. He then moved to Toyota Atlantic and was the man to beat at the start of 1994. He won three of the opening four races before fading to third in the final standings.

Indy Racing League

Having spent 1996 in Indy Lights with Team Green, Ray graduated to the new Indy Racing League at the 1997 Indianapolis 500. He retired his Thomas Knapp Motorsports Dallara IR7-Aurora that year but he qualified in the middle of the front row for the 1998 race. Sidelined by mechanical failure once more, Ray finished second at Texas when just 0.928sec from victory.

Chosen to replace NASCAR-bound Tony Stewart at Team Menard for 1999, that was Ray’s stand-out year. On the front row at Indy once more before being eliminated in a pitlane accident with Mark Dismore, he qualified in the top four all year and scored three mid-season victories to clinch the Indycar title.

Ray continued with Menard for two more seasons. He started the 2000 Indy 500 from pole position and was second on the grid for the following year’s race. That period included two further victories (both at the Atlanta Motor Speedway) but the consistent finishing record that had been so important in 1999 had deserted him. He moved on at the end of 2001, first to A.J.Foyt Enterprises and then Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

Owner/driver at the end of his racing career

Ray then turned owner/driver in 2003 when he formed Access Motorsports. That venture lasted 18 months before increasing costs and the lack of a title sponsor in 2004 forced team and driver to withdraw from the sport. He now runs the Texan boat dealership started by his father.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2004 IRL IndyCar Series
Access Motorsports
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 99
2003 IRL IndyCar Series
Access Motorsports
13 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 253
2002 Indy Racing League
Sam Schmidt Motorsports
AJ Foyt Enterprises
11 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 128
2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series
Team Menard
AJ Foyt Racing
10 4 1 1
10% win rate
18th 193
2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series
Team Menard
9 6 1 1
12% win rate
13th 172
1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League
Team Menard
10 4 5 3
30% win rate
1st 293
1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League
Thomas Knapp Motorsports
AJ Foyt Enterprises
9 0 1 0
0% win rate
21st 128
1996/1997 Indy Racing League
Thomas Knapp Motorsports
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
29th 73
1996 PPG/Firestone Indy Lights Championship 12 0 1 0
0% win rate
12th 48