Multiple championship-winning road racer
Born in Tampa, Fla., Jack Baldwin began his competitive career as a teenager on local drag strips before setting his sights on a career in road racing. In 1970 he jumped on the band-wagon that was Formula Ford, which over the years provided a launching pad for literally hundreds of top-line drivers, winning four SCCA Southeastern Division Championships as well as the coveted National Championship in 1972.
Baldwin started his first Trans-Am race as a co-driver in 1973, then worked as an instructor training Georgia State highway patrolmen at Road Atlanta before establishing a successful concert t-shirt business to help finance his career.
He won the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 1984 and went on to claim two consecutive IMSA GTU Championships in a Mazda RX-7. Highlights since then have included the 1992 SCCA Trans-Am Championship, during which he completed every lap of every race; two victories in the Twelve Hours of Sebring; a pair of second-place finishes in the prestigious International Race of Champions (IROC) series; and a fourth-place finish in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen in 1999. More recently he has proven that age is no barrier to success by emerging as a front-runner in the Pirelli World Challenge. Baldwin finished third in the intensely competitive GTS division in 2012 and second last year, driving a GTSport Porsche Cayman S with which he won three races and led the championship until narrowly losing out at the final round.
Jack Baldwin, who has won five championships and competed in well over 500 professional road races in a career spanning more than four decades, is the latest Online Driving Instructor. Questions can be posted all this week. Check back after Monday, March 24 for his answers.
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