Geoffrey Bodine

Born Apr 18, 1949
Nationality United States United States

Geoffrey Bodine has always been associated with racing, even at a young age. His father, Eli Bodine Jr. built the Chemung Speedrome, right after a year Geoffrey was born. He began racing on this track, right from the age of five. The oldest of three brothers all of whom are NASCAR drivers, Geoffrey established a name for himself as a NASCAR Modified driver in the Northeast, competing against popular drivers such as Jimmy Spencer, Richie Evans, Jerry Cook and many others. In the year 1978, Geoffrey had more race wins than any other Modified driver in history. Making history with 84 feature starts and 55 wins from these, Geoffrey was honored by a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The following year, Geoffrey made the transition into the NASCAR Cup Series, on a limited schedule. But his full season debut came in 1982, and he bagged the Rookie of The Year honor for that season. In 1986, Geoffrey qualified second for the Daytona 500, and went on to win the race. He has driven from some of the biggest car owners in the sport, such as Bud Moore, Junior Johnson and Rick Hendrick. Later in 1993, Geoffrey bought the late Alan Kulwicki’s racing team and formed his own team. As the owner/driver, Geoffrey clinched four wins in the following season.

Not only was he a magnificent driver, Geoffrey was also full of innovative ideas. He was responsible for introducing the modern-day power steering system in to the sport and also full face helmets.

In 2000, Geoffrey was involved in a horrific crash at the Daytona International Speedway, in which 15 trucks, apart from Geoffrey’s were involved. Geoffrey walked away from the accident with a broken right wrist, a vertebrae in his back, his right ankle and right cheekbone. He returned after recovering from his injuries and even finished third on the track that he nearly lost his life on, for the Daytona 500 in 2002.

Apart from NASCAR racing, Geoffrey is also interested in bobsleds and is the co-owner of Bo-Dyn Bobsled Company, which began in 1992.

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