Jim Briody

04 February 2010

By Pat Briody

Birthplace: New Jersey

Residence: Prescott, AZ

Age: 66

Personal: Married to crew chief and business partner, Pat, for 37 years.

Career Summary

Jim Briody has been racing and winning in US and International auto races for over 40 years. Primarily a production-based sports car endurance specialist, in 2009, Briody finished 1st in a 3-hour in Homestead, FL; 2nd at 24 hour races in Dubai and Barcelona, 2nd in a 12 hour race in WV, 2nd in a 6 hour at Homestead, FL and 6th at the 24h de Neurburgring.

Briody’s multi-decade career and unique approach to racing has seen him compete in races overseas at least 3 or 4 times annually while also racing back home in the US. His diverse schedule has taken him to race tracks around the the globe, and his recent run at Circuit de Catalunya (Barcelona) marked his 80th different track on which Briody has competed.

His specialty is 24-hr races and Barcelona marked his 49th 24-hr race. He has scored victories in 19 of the day long races making him one of the most successful American international endurance racing drivers of all time. The list also includes 5 starts in the Grand-Am Rolex 24 at Daytona where he has a best career finish of 4th in 2002.

In his non racing life, Briody is President and CEO of Utility Industries, a master gunsmith, and a Certified NRA Instructor.

Career Highlights

  • 2009 has been one of Briody’s most successful seasons in recent years. Driving on the international circuit for SPEEDCOM/MARCOS Racing International, Briody had been part of the driving team that earned class finishes of 2nd in the 24h of Dubai in January, 6th at the 24h of Neurburgring in May, and 2nd at the 24h in Barcelona in September. These races were in a BMW 120 Turbo diesel. Then with the Speedcom VW Golf, in Homestead, FL in November, the team scored a 1st in the 3h and a 2nd in the 6h, all with co-driver Toto Lassally of Speedcom, and all except Dubai with codriver Hal Prewitt. Jim and Hal also competed in a 25h of Spa, Belgium with 3 novices drivers, had worked up to the top 20 of 165 cars, but an accident left one of the novices off track for nearly an hour, started back in 142nd place and finished 78th. Jim also codrove with another team to finish 2nd in a BMW 330 in a 12h in West Virginia in June.
  • Briody has raced in 51 24h races winning 20 of them and has 32 podium finishes.
  • Briody has raced on 80 different tracks in his career, including several circuits that no longer exist. 2009 added 5 new tracks to his list: The Formula 1 level circuit in Dubai in January was #76, the road course in High Plains, Colorado was #77, Thunderbolt Raceway in New Jersey was #78, the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium was #79 and the Circuit de Catalunya was #80. Among the defunct tracks on which Briody has raced is the legendary Riverside (California) Raceway; Marlboro Maryland; Vineland, New Jersey; Thompson, Connecticut; and Cumberland, Maryland; to name a few.
  • Raced in the Trans-Am Series from 1997-2000 in a Chevrolet Camaro, Briody earned several top 10 finishes while competing against factory supported teams, and twice finished in the top 15 in the season Championship. The most remarkable part, was this was accomplished in a 15 year old circle track car that the team redesigned, powered by engines that his wife built.
  • Competed in IMSA endurance racing in the late 80s through the early 90s and scored several top 10 finishes.
  • Ran a select schedule of races in a Turbo Buick March in IMSA GTP in ’88 and’89.
  • Briody brought Peugeot back to US racing in the first half of the 80s and was both factory driver and team entrant for the French manufacturer in production based endurance events. He won the Road and Track Manufacturer’s Challenge. He set the all-time record for most number of laps around Nelson Ledges, Ohio. He won 24h races at Nelson Ledges with co-drivers Janet Guthrie in 1985 and Danny Sullivan in 1981.
  • Has competed in 5 Cannonball Runs for the benefit of Multiple Sclerosis finishing as high as 4th overall in a completely stock Oldsmobile Silhouette Van.
  • Early in his Career, Briody was 3 time SCCA Divisional Champion in the Northeast Division. Between 1975 and 1979 he finished 1st or 2nd in 27 of 31 races.
  • Earned a top-level FIA Grade A license, making him eligible for Formula 1 competition in the 1970s.
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