Scott Brayton

Full Name:
Scott Everts Brayton
Born:
20th February 1959
Coldwater, Michigan
Died:
17th May 1996 (Aged 37)
Indianapolis, Indiana, Indianapolis 500 practice
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The son of sometime 1970s Indycar driver Lee Brayton, this American was an Indianapolis specialist who died after qualifying on pole position for the 1996 race.

Upbringing and early career

Scott Brayton’s father raced in sprint cars and started 16 Indycar races between 1972 and 1975 – a couple of 10th-place finishes being his best results. He grew up around cars and raced in karts before switching to Formula Ford.

Champ Car career

He graduated to Champ Cars in 1981 with a Penske PC6-Cosworth run by his father. Gerry Forsythe was backing the PC7 by the time Brayton finished a distant seventh at Michigan in a run from the back of the grid.

The family-run team ran a stock-block Buick V6 at Indianapolis in 1984 to take advantage of special rules for that one race. Brayton and Buick became an annual story of the month of May as he spearheaded that marque’s challenge.

Leading the 1985 Indianapolis 500

An “also ran” for most of the year, he came to the fore during qualifying for the 1985 Indy 500. Brayton’s Hardee’s March 85C-Buick qualified second and led lap 15 before retiring soon after. The fluctuating fortune of his Champ Car career was aptly illustrated a week later when he failed to qualify at Milwaukee.

He joined Hemelgarn Racing later in the year and remained with the team until the end of 1988. Success was limited to fifth at Portland in 1987 before Brayton and sponsor Amway defected to Dick Simon Racing. The 1989 Indy 500 was his most competitive run to date – starting and finishing sixth in Simon’s Lola T89/00-Buick. Brayton’s best Champ Car result was third in the 1992 Miller Genuine Draft 200 at Milwaukee when Chevy powered, but he left Simon’s team at the end of the following season.

1996 Indianapolis 500

Without a regular ride, Brayton then raced at Indianapolis for Team Menard and qualified on pole position in 1995. He repeated that feat a year later but was unable to take his rightful place on the grid. His right rear tyre punctured during a subsequent practice session and Brayton hit the Turn 2 wall at around 200mph. He suffered severe head injuries and died an hour after reaching Indianapolis Methodist Hospital.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1996 Indy Racing League
Team Menard
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
19th 37
1995 PPG Indycar World Series
Team Menard
1 1 0 0
0% win rate
32nd 1
1994 PPG Indycar World Series
Team Menard
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1993 PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
16 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 36
1992 PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
16 0 1 0
0% win rate
15th 39
1991 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
17 0 0 0
0% win rate
12th 52
1990 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
16 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 28
1989 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
14 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 17
1988 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Hemelgarn Racing
12 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 12
1987 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Hemelgarn Racing
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 14
1986 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Hemelgarn Racing
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1985 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Brayton Racing
Hemelgarn Racing
10 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
21st 15
1984 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Brayton Racing
13 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 19
1983 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Brayton Racing
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
24th 5
1982 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Brayton Racing
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
33rd 11
1981 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Forsythe Racing
Brayton Racing
10 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 57