George Rice "Joie" Chitwood (born April 14, 1912 in Denison, Grayson County, Texas – died January 3, 1988 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida) was a racing driver who competed in the Indianapolis 500. In his final Indy 500, the 1950 race, Chitwood finished fifth in a shared drive with Tony Bettenhausen, scoring one Formula One World Championship point.

Earlier in his career, in 1941, he became the first driver to wear a seat belt in Indy 500 history. Overall he competed in seven Indy 500s, his best result being fifth, three times (1946, 1949 and 1950).

Following his racing career, he became a successful businessman and Hollywood stunt car driver. His driving can be seen in a great number of movie chase scenes from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

He was partly of Cherokee Indian ancestry.

Formula One CareerEdit

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos.
1950 Ervin Wolfe Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 1 =21st

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 1
Starts 1
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 1
Laps Raced 82
Distance Raced 330 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pts Pos
1950 Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Switzerland Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Italy 1 =21st

Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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  1. Shared drive with Tony Bettenhausen

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