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Kenny Brack

21st March 1966 (Age 54)
Arvika, Varmland
Most recent race (in database):

Kenny Bräck was a star of American open-wheel racing before being seriously injured in 2003. That all but ended his racing career, but he returned in driver management and indulged his love of playing guitar in a rock band.

Formative single-seater years

He won races in Swedish Formula 3 during 1988 and 1989 before racing in European Formula Opel for the next two seasons. However, his first major title came in America when six victories secured the 1993 Barber-Saab Championship.

Formula 3000 was next and he grew ever-more competitive during his three seasons in the category. His Madgwick International Reynard 94D-Judd was third at Spa-Francorchamps in 1994 and he remained with the team for a second season. That concluded with his breakthrough victory at the Magny-Cours finale – winning from pole position. It was one of three podium finishes as Bräck finished third in the championship.

Formula 3000 controversy

He switched to Super Nova Racing for 1996 and challenged for the F3000 title all year. Three times a winner, he appeared to have clinched the title at the final round at Hockenheim. But he clashed with title rival Jörg Müller and ignored a subsequent black flag. That earned disqualification and handed the title to the German. He had tested for Williams (in 1993) and Arrows (1996) although that was as close as he would come to Formula 1.

Successful Indycar switch

Bräck instead raced for Galles Racing in the 1997 IndyCar Series – leading on his debut and scoring a couple of fifth place finishes. He switched to A.J.Foyt’s team for the following season and took the opportunity with relish. He qualified on the front row at Indianapolis and won three successive races to secure the 1998 Indycar title.

Victory in the 1999 Indianapolis 500 was his highest profile success – taking the lead when leader Robby Gordon had to pit with just two laps to go. That was his only win that year but Bräck still finished as runner-up behind Greg Ray.

Champ Car Rookie of the Year

He defected to Champ Cars in 2000 with Team Rahal’s Reynard 2KI-Ford and won the Rookie of the Year award after twice finishing second. The team switched to Lola chassis for 2001 and Bräck challenged Penske Racing’s Gil de Ferran for the title – winning four times but eventually beaten by the Brazilian. Despite that success, he moved to Chip Ganassi Racing for 2002 and won the Mexican final round.

Indycar return with Team Rahal

A return to Rahal’s team was in the 2003 IndyCar Series but Bräck clipped Tomas Scheckter’s car while disputing third position during the final race of the year at Texas. Launched into the catch fencing at 200mph, he was lucky to survive albeit with broken back, sternum, ankles and right leg. Bräck eventually returned for the 2005 Indianapolis 500 for what proved to be his last major race.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2005 IRL IndyCar Series
Rahal-Letterman Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
34th 10
2003 IRL IndyCar Series
Team Rahal
16 0 1 0
0% win rate
9th 342
2002 Indy Racing League
Chip Ganassi Racing Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
42nd 19
2002 FedEx Championship Series
Chip Ganassi Racing Team
19 1 3 1
6% win rate
7th 113
2001 FedEx Championship Series
Team Rahal
20 (1) 6 6 4
20% win rate
2nd 163
2000 FedEx Championship Series
Team Rahal
20 0 4 0
0% win rate
4th 135
1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League
AJ Foyt Power Team Racing
10 (1) 0 4 1
10% win rate
2nd 256
1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League
AJ Foyt Power Team Racing
11 0 4 3
28% win rate
1st 332
1996/1997 Indy Racing League
Galles Racing
7 0 0 0
0% win rate
19th 139
1996 FIA International F3000 Championship
Super Nova Racing
10 3 7 3
30% win rate
2nd 49
1995 FIA International F3000 Championship
Madgwick International
8 2 3 1
13% win rate
3rd 24
1994 FIA International F3000 Championship
Madgwick International
7 (1) 0 1 0
0% win rate
11th 5
1993 Barber Saab Pro Series 1st -
1991 British F3000 Championship
Alan Langridge Motorsport
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
1988 European F3 Cup 1 0 0 0
0% win rate