Kevin Cogan Kevin Cogan, 1981 United States West GP  

Full Name: Kevin Cogan
Nationality: American
Born: 31 March 1956, Culver City (USA)

First GP: 1980 Canadian Grand Prix
Last GP: 1981 United States West Grand Prix

Entries: 2 Grands Prix: 0 Non-starts: 2
Wins: 0 Podiums: 0 Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0 Points: 0 Retirements: 0

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1980 Formula 1, RAM Williams Cosworth FW07B, 1 entry, 1 DNQ, 0 points, Not Classified
1981 Formula 1, Tyrrell Cosworth 010, 1 entry, 1 DNQ, 0 points, Not Classified
  CART World Series, Jerry O’Connell Racing, 5 races, 1 podium, 23 points, 23rd overall
1982 IndyCars, Team Penske, 11 races, 2 podiums, 136 points, 6th overall
1983 IndyCars, Bignotti-Cotter, 13 races, 26 points, 15th overall
1984 IndyCars, All-American Racers / Forsythe, 9 races, 17 points, 24th overall
1985 IndyCars, Kraco Enterprises, 15 races, 44 points, 14th overall
1986 IndyCars, Patrick Racing, 17 races, 1 win, 3 podiums, 115 points, 6th overall
1987 IndyCars, Patrick Racing, 14 races, 25 points, 16th overall
1988 IndyCars, MURT, 11 races, 1 podium, 40 points, 13th overall
1989 IndyCars, MURT, 14 races, 18 points, 14th overall
1990 IndyCars, Granatelli / Stoops, 2 races, 4 points, 23rd overall
1993 IndyCars, Galles Racing, 4 races, 0 points, 35th overall

The American contested just two Formula 1 Grands Prix between 1980-1, failing to qualify either a RAM-Williams or Tyrrell in his respective outings. But he is much more famous for a series of bizarre and violent accidents in his subsequent IndyCar career…

Having shown huge potential without winning a race, Cogan was signed to the Penske team for 1982 and broke the then-lap record qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, beaten to pole only by his team-mate Rick Mears.

But by the end of race day, Cogan was out of favour with many a fan and IndyCar figure after he triggered a multi-car accident on the warm-up lap that took out AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti.

After four winless seasons with Penske, he was fired from the team and joined Patrick Racing and won the 1986 race at Phoenix, and also narrowly missed out on winning the Indy 500.

Cogan had a monster accident during the 1989 Indianapolis 500 when he spun and hit the end of the pit wall, obliterating his car.

He had yet another another accident in the 1991 race in which he hit Roberto Guerrero – breaking his arm and leg – and finally retired at the end of 1993.

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