Paul Goldsmith
Published on: April 13, 2020
Paul Goldsmith Tempest on display at local dealership

Paul Goldsmith

Paul Goldsmith is a former USAC and NASCAR driver. He is an inductee of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Goldsmith is currently the oldest living veteran of the Indianapolis 500.

Paul was the winner of the final stock car race on the famous Daytona Beach Road Course in 1958. He is also the only driver to win the Daytona Beach Road course race both in a stock car and on a motorcycle.

Goldsmith competed in the Indianapolis 500 six times. He finished in the top five twice, following up a 5th-place finish in 1959 with a 3rd in 1960.

Paul then took up stock car racing with veteran car owner Ray Nichols. His most famous win came in 1963 at the Daytona International Speedway in a Nichols-prepared 1963 Pontiac Tempest 421 Super Duty.

Paul started on the pole of the American Challenge Cup 250 race and never looked back. At the end of the 100-lap race, Paul had more than a two-lap lead on A.J. Foyt, his closest pursuer. No less than Road & Track magazine called it the most dominating victory in the history of Daytona International Speedway.

Published by: Jim Luikens

Owner at Rise Sales A full-service Marketing and Public Relations agency that has specialized in the Automotive Performance Aftermarket since 1981.


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