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Peter Jeffrey Revson (February 27, 1939 - March 22, 1974) was a United States racing driver, who competed in Formula One from 1964 until his death in an accident in testing for the 1974 South African Grand Prix.

Despite never completing a full season of F1, Revson won for the first time on his 24th attempt, at the 1973 British Grand Prix. He repeated that feat in Canada. There was also a seven-year gap between successive starts for Revson; the 1971 United States Grand Prix was his first since the 1964 Italian Grand Prix. Revson remains the last American-born driver to win a race (Mario Andretti, a naturalized American, was born in Montona, Italy - now a part of present-day Croatia).

His younger brother was Doug Revson who also lost his life in a race car, in Denmark in 1967.

Formula One CareerEdit

Before Formula OneEdit

1964Edit

1971Edit

1972Edit

1973Edit

1974Edit

DeathEdit

While participating in a test session for the 1974 South African Grand Prix, Revson's car suffered a suspension failure. His car crashed into the Armco barrier on the outside of the flat-out Jukskei Sweep.

Revson's car slipped under the barrier, decapitating him.

"Revvie was a fabulous easy-going guy, fitted in well, and a very good driver. But tragically he wasn't with us for long. He qualified on row 2 for Argentina and row 3 for Brazil. Then he and I, our chief mechanic Pete Kerr and two other mechanics went down to Kyalami for testing before the South African GP. Revvie was going very well, very happy with the car, and then he didn't come around. We rushed out to the back of the circuit and found the car buried under the Armco on the outside of a quick corner. Peter was already in the ambulance and gone. I phoned the hospital, and they told me I had to go to the morgue and identify him. When the news got out all hell let loose, journalists banging on my hotel door, then the Revson family lawyer arrived and took over.

"We were using titanium quite a lot on the DN3, which was quite a new material then. Titanium is finicky, it has to be machined smooth and the surface polished, and a ball joint which had some coarse machining on it had failed. There was only one layer of Armco and the car, instead of being deflected or stopped, had gone right under as far as the cockpit. I felt personally responsible. It was a very difficult time. The glamour of Formula 1 had gone, replaced by a sort of loneliness. You just had to work on. Of course I replaced all the titanium components with steel before the next race. - Tony Southgate (Team designer)

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1964 Revson Racing Lotus-BRM 0 NC Report
Reg Parnell Racing
1971 Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Cosworth 0 NC Report
1972 Team Yardley McLaren McLaren-Ford Cosworth 23 5th Report
1973 Team Yardley McLaren McLaren-Ford Cosworth 38 5th Report
1974 UOP Shadow Racing Team Shadow-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 33
Starts 30
Pole Positions 1
Front Row Starts 4
Race Wins 2
Podiums 8
Fastest laps 0
Points 61
Laps Raced 1568
Distance Raced 7516 km
Races Led 2
Laps Led 63
Distance Led 271 km
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Race WinsEdit

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1973 British Grand Prix
2 1973 Canadian Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pts Pos
1964 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 0 NC
DNQ DSQ DNS Ret 14th 13th
1971 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 0 NC
Ret
1972 Flag of Argentina Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 23 5th
Ret 3rd 5th 7th 3rd 3rd 4th 2nd 18th
1973 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 38 5th
8th Ret 2nd 4th Ret 5th 7th 1st 4th 9th Ret 3rd 1st 5th
1974 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 0 NC
Ret Ret


Key
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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V T E F1 drivers killed while racing
1952: Cameron Earl
1953: Chet Miller
1954: Onofre Marimón
1955: Manny Ayulo
1955: Bill Vukovich
1957: Eugenio Castellotti
1957: Keith Andrews
1958: Pat O'Connor
1958: Luigi Musso
1958: Peter Collins
1958: Stuart Lewis-Evans
1959: Jerry Unser
1959: Bob Cortner
1960: Chris Bristow
1960: Alan Stacey
1961: Giulio Cabianca
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1964: Carel Godin de Beaufort
1966: John Taylor
1967: Lorenzo Bandini
1967: Bob Anderson
1968: Jo Schlesser
1969: Gerhard Mitter
1970: Bruce McLaren
1970: Piers Courage
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Ignazio Giunti
1971: Pedro Rodríguez
1971: Jo Siffert
1972: Jo Bonnier
1973: Roger Williamson
1973: François Cevert
1974: Peter Revson
1974: Helmuth Koinigg
1975: Mark Donohue
1977: Tom Pryce
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1980: Patrick Depailler
1982: Gilles Villeneuve
1982: Riccardo Paletti
1986: Elio de Angelis
1994: Roland Ratzenberger
1994: Ayrton Senna
2015: Jules Bianchi
See also: List of fatal accidents
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