- Auto Racing
- Jim Hall
Abilene, Texas native Jim Hall has had success as a racecar driver, designer and owner. Hall's Chaparral cars were legendary for their aerodynamic design and success on the track. Hall, the 1964 U.S. Road Racing Champion, teamed with Chaparral partner Hap Sharp to win the twelve hour Sebring race in 1965. Hall's design innovations included fiberglass chassis, cast aluminum alloy wheels, moveable spoilers and auxiliary generated vacuum ground effects. As an owner, Hall has two Indy 500 wins to his credit: 1978 with Al Unser driving and in 1980 with Johnny Rutherford behind the wheel. Hall was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.