David Kennedy

Kennedy
Nationality Irish
Date of Birth 15 January, 1953
Team Shadow (1980)
Races Entered 7
DNQ/DNPQ 7
Best Result DNQ, 25th overall
Argentina, 1980

A pioneer for motor racing in Ireland, Kennedy was one of the top young European drivers in the late-70s. Wins in Aurora F1 led to a disappointing stint in Championship F1 with Shadow. Became Madza's number 1 sportscar driver during the 80s, and engineered their famous 1991 win at Le Mans.

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Career Summary
Before F1
1972 • Began competing in Irish Formula Ford 1600.
1975 • Irish Formula Ford 1600, 1st overall.
1976 • British Formula Ford 1600, 1st overall in two separate championships.
• European Formula Ford 1600, 2nd overall.
1977 • European F3, 8th overall, 17 points in a March and an Argo JM Toyota.
1978 • European F3, 6th overall, 13 points in an Argo JM 1 Toyota.
1979 • Competed in the Rothmans Series in Australia, 1 win in a Wolf WR4 Cosworth.
Formula One
1978 • Aurora AFX championship, 1 start, 12th overall, 1 win, 22 points in a Theodore Wolf WR3 Cosworth.
1979 • Aurora AFX championship, 2nd overall, 3 wins, 63 points in a Theodore Wolf WR4 Cosworth.
• Race of Champions, DNS in a Theodore Wolf WR4 Cosworth
1980 • Shadow DN11/DN12 Cosworth V8, 7 entries, 7 DNQs.
• Spanish GP, retired in a Shadow DN12 Cosworth.
After F1
1981 • Competed in touring cars.
• World Championship for Drivers and Makes, 2 starts, =235th overall, 11 points in a Richard Cleare Racing Porsche 934 with Cleare.
• Can-Am championship, 2 starts, 17th overall, 30 points in a US Racing Frisbee Chevrolet.
1982 • World Endurance Championship, 1 start in a works Chevron B36B Ford with Amato and Birrane.
1983 • Thundersports series, 5 starts, 1 win in a Ford C100 with various drivers.
• World Endurance Championship, 1 start at Le Mans in a Peer Racing Ford C100 with Migault and Birrane.
1984 • Thundersports series, 2 starts in an Ibec 300LM Ford with various drivers.
• Joined the works Mazda sports car team.
• World Endurance Championship, 2 starts in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 727C with various drivers.
1985 • World Endurance Championship, 3 starts in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 737C with various drivers.
• Japanese Sports Prototype Championship, 4 starts, =30th overall, 5 points in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 737C with Terada.
1986 • World Sportscar Championship, 4 starts in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 757 and a Martin Schanche Argo JM19 Zakspeed Turbo with various drivers.
• Japanese Sports Prototype Championship, 4 starts, 21st overall, 16 points in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 757 with Yorino.
• European Touring Car Championship, 1 start in an Australian National Motor Racing Team Holden Commodore VK with Grice and Birrane.
1987 • World Sportscar Championship, 2 starts, =37th overall, 8 points in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 757 with various drivers.
• Japanese Sports Prototype Championship, =11th overall, 30 points in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 757 with Yorino.
1988 • World Sportscar Championship, 3 starts in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 757 and 767 with various drivers.
• Japanese Sports Prototype Championship, 3 starts, 27th overall, 12 points in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 757 and 767 with Terada.
1989 • World Sportscar Championship, 6 starts in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 767B with Dieudonne.
• Le Mans 24hrs, 7th place in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 767B with Dieudonne and Hodgetts.
• Japanese Sports Prototype Championship, 1 start, =36th overall, 1 point in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 767B with Yorino.
1990 • Le Mans 24hrs, retired in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 787 with Dieudonne and Johansson.
• Japanese Sports Prototype Championship, 31st overall, 5 points in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 767B and 787 with various drivers.
1991 • World Sportscar Championship, 5 starts, 19th overall, 16 points in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 787 and 787B with various drivers.
• Japanese Sports Prototype Championship, 6 starts, 18th overall, 20 points in a Mazdaspeed Mazda 787 and 787B with various drivers.
1994 • BPR Global GT Endurance series, 3 starts in a Chamberlain Engineering Lotus Esprit 300 with various drivers.
1990s • Became expert F1 commentator for the RTE network.
• Became director of the Mondello Park racing circuit.
• Became managing director of Lola Driver Management.
• Began writing for the Sunday Tribune newspaper.
2001 • Competed in an historic event at Mondello Park in a Lola T330 Chevrolet.
2003 • Manages Ralph Firman, current Jordan F1 driver.

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