James Anthony Murphy (Race Car Driver)

James Anthony Murphy

James Anthony Murphy was an American race car driver who won the 1921 French Grand Prix, the 1922 Indianapolis 500, and the American Racing Championship in 1922 and 1924.

About James Anthony Murphy

Winner of the 1922 Indianapolis 500 was also the first American driver to win the Grand Prix.

Before Fame

He began as a riding mechanic, back when race cars needed both a driver and a mechanics man.


He won the 1921 French Grand Prix despite some rather serious serious injuries he suffered just week before in a training accident.

Family Life

His parents, both Irish immigrants, owned a store on Mission Street, behind the family home.


He participated in the 1923 Grand Prix in Italy, grand marshalled by Benito Mussolini.

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