David Wishart Hobbs (born 9 June 1939 in Royal Leamington Spa, England) is a British former racing driver. Originally employed as a commentator for the Speed Channel, he currently works as a commentator for NBC and NBC Sports Network. In 1969 Hobbs was included in the FIA list of graded drivers, an élite group of 27 drivers who by their achievements were rated the best in the world.
Hobbs currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, Margaret, with whom he has two sons, Gregory and Guy. In 1986, Hobbs opened a car dealership, David Hobbs Honda, in Glendale, Wisconsin, which continues to exist today, and for which he personally voices advertisements. His youngest son, Guy, worked for Speed as a pit reporter on their sports car coverage. Hobbs was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009.
He is the grandfather of current racing driver Andrew Hobbs.
Hobbs was born just months before the outbreak of World War II, and has a vast, 30-year history of international driving experience at all levels of motor sports, including sports cars, touring cars, Indy cars, IMSA, Can-Am and Formula One. He has participated in the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona. He made twenty starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, finishing in 8th place at the first attempt in 1962, following with a pole position and a best finish of third (in 1969 and 1984) to his credit.
Hobbs was due to make his F1 Grand Prix debut for Tim Parnell Racing at the 1965 French Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand, but a serious road accident put him in hospital for three weeks.
In 1971 Hobbs won the L&M 5000 Continental Championship driving for Carl Hogan out of St. Louis, Missouri, in a McLaren M10B-Chevrolet. He won five of the eight rounds that year at Laguna Seca, Seattle, Road America (Elkhart Lake), Edmonton and Lime Rock. Twelve years later, he would claim the 1983 Trans-Am Series championship as well. He also made two NASCAR Winston Cup starts in 1976, including leading two laps at the 1976 Daytona 500 and drove a race in the 1979 International Race of Champions.
Hobbs provides commentary for Formula One and GP2 races (alongside Leigh Diffey and former Benetton mechanic Steve Matchett), the SCCA Valvoline runoffs, and parts of the 24 Hours of Daytona. He has also worked for CBS on its Daytona 500 coverage, working as both a colour commentator and a feature/pit reporter from 1979 until 1996, and then moved to Speed in 1996 working as a colour commentator and then moved to NBC Sports Network in 2013.
David Hobbs appeared in the 1983 comedy film Stroker Ace, playing a TV race announcer. Hobbs appeared in the Cars 2 movie, which premiered in June 2011, as announcer "David Hobbscap", a 1963 Jaguar from Hobbs' real life hometown in England.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1967||Bernard White Racing||BRM P261||BRM P60 2.1 V8||RSA||MON||NED||BEL||FRA||GBR |
|Lola Cars||Lola T100||BMW M10 2.0 L4||GER |
|1968||Honda Racing F1||Honda RA301||Honda RA301E 3.0 V12||RSA||ESP||MON||BEL||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||ITA |
|1971||Penske-White Racing||McLaren M19A||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8||RSA||ESP||MON||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||AUT||ITA||CAN||USA |
|1974||Yardley Team McLaren||McLaren M23||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8||ARG||BRA||RSA||ESP||BEL||MON||SWE||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||AUT |
‡ indicates an entry with an F2 car.
Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results
|1962||Team Lotus Engineering||Frank Gardner||Lotus Elite Mk14||GT |
|1963||Lola Cars Ltd.||Richard Attwood||Lola Mk6 GT||P |
|1964||Standard Triumph||Rob Slotemaker||Triumph Spitfire||P |
|1965||Standard Triumph Ltd.||Rob Slotemaker||Triumph Spitfire||GT |
|1966||Maranello Concessionaires||Mike Salmon||Ferrari Dino 206S||P |
|1967|| Lola Cars Ltd. |
|John Surtees||Lola T70 Mk.III||P |
|1968||J.W. Automotive Engineering Ltd.||Paul Hawkins||Ford GT40 Mk. I||S |
|1969||J.W. Automotive Engineering Ltd.||Mike Hailwood||Ford GT40 Mk. I||S |
|1970||J.W. Automotive Engineering Ltd.||Mike Hailwood||Porsche 917K||S |
|1971|| Roger Penske |
Kirk F. White
|Mark Donohue||Ferrari 512M/P||S |
|1972||Equipe Matra-Simca Shell||Jean-Pierre Jabouille||Matra-Simca MS660C||S |
|1979|| Grand Touring Cars Ltd. |
Ford Concessionaires France
| Vern Schuppan |
|Mirage M10||S |
|1981||EMKA Productions Limited|| Eddie Jordan |
|BMW M1 Gr.5||Gr.5||236||DNF||DNF|
|1982||John Fitzpatrick Racing||John Fitzpatrick||Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick||IMSA |
|1983||John Fitzpatrick Racing|| John Fitzpatrick |
|1984||Skoal Bandit Porsche Team|| Philippe Streiff |
Sarel van der Merwe
|1985||John Fitzpatrick Racing|| Jo Gartner |
|1987||Joest Racing|| Sarel van der Merwe |
|1988||Blaupunkt Joest Racing|| Didier Theys |
|1989||Richard Lloyd Racing|| Steven Andskär |
|Porsche 962C GTi||C1||228||DNF||DNF|
Indy 500 results
Complete Bathurst 1000 results
|1981||JPS Team BMW||Allan Grice||BMW 635 CSi||6 Cylinder & Rotary||113||7th||2nd|
|1982||JPS Team BMW||Jim Richards||BMW 635 CSi||A||157||5th||5th|
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Winston Cup Series
|NASCAR Winston Cup Series results|
|1976||DeWitt Racing||73||Chevy||RSD||DAY |
|Elliott Racing||9||Ford||MCH |