My Formula 5000
Jerry Grant, the first man to break the 200-mph barrier in an
Indianapolis race car, and Jerry Eisert, a Mechanical Achievement
Award winner at Indianapolis, have joined forces for this year’s L&M
Series with Chuck Jones. The result is Jones-Eisert Racing with Jerry
Grant at the wheel of the KBIG/Lola T330.
Grant started as a road racer in his native area of Seattle, Wash. In
1956, at the tender age of 16, Jerry entered his first road race on the
airport course in Seattle and was leading the field of exotic foreign
sports cars for the first two laps when mechanical trouble sidelined his
‘40 Ford Coupe powered by a fuel-injected Cadillac engine.
Then at 19, Grant began racing a Ferrari on the sports car circuit and
was undefeated in 27 races over a span of two years. During this
period, he captured the SCCA Northwest Sports Car Championship,
and was named SCCA Driver of the Year for the Northwest Division.
It was during this period that Grant met his racing idol, Dan Gurney,
who gave him a ride in a Lola which Grant promptly drove to 11 pole
positions and six track records in 12 events on the U. S. Road Racing
Championship circuit — the forerunner of the present Can-Am Series.
Then in 1966, Grant teamed with Gurney as a member of the Ford
team and finished second in the Daytona Continental. They also won at
Sebring but were later disqualified when Gurney pushed the car across
the finish line. Grant and Gurney also competed that year at LeMans
and were leading at the end of 21 hours of competition.
The former Seattle All-City football star has driven in six “Indy 500"
races with his best finish coming in 1970, a seventh. However, Grant
vaulted to national prominence last season on the USAC Championship
Trail. In his first race in two years, he was leading the 1972 Memorial
Day classic on the 182nd lap when a flat tire necessitated an
unscheduled pit Stop for Gurney’s “Mystery Eagle.” He returned to the
track and finished a strong second to Mark Donohue but was later
moved back in the field when USAC officials ruled his car had been
illegally fueled from teammate Bobby Unser’s pit.     
Grant climbed back into the Gurney Eagle in September of last year for
the “California 500" at Ontario Motor Speedway and made his mark in
racing record books for all time with a pole winning qualification lap of
201.414 mph.
Date
Event
#
Car
Finish
1973
Riverside
74
Lola T300
 
1974
Laguna Seca
8
Lola T332
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jerry Grant
Photo & Profile 1973
Residents, Santa Ana, CA
Born January 23, 1935