|Birthname||Jimmie Earl McElreath|
|born on||18 February 1928 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )|
|Place||Arlington, Texas, 32n44, 97w06|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||28°41' 22°57 Asc. 15°17'|
American racing driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series, who was a 2002 inductee to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
He raced in the 1961–1983 seasons, with 178 combined career starts, including 15 in the Indianapolis 500 in 1962–1970, 1973–1974, and 1977–1980. He finished 48 times in the top 5, with five victories. He was runner-up in the 1966 championship and third in 1963, 1965 and 1970. In 1962 he was named Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, a result of his 6th-place finish.
His son, James Jr., was killed in a sprint car crash at Winchester in October 1977. McElreath's daughter, Shirley, married racing driver Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. The couple died when their private plane crashed in Kentucky in February 2000.
McElreath died on 18 May 2017, aged 89.
Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.
- Vocation : Sports : Race Cars
- Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (National Sprint Car)
- Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year)