Paul Goldsmith (born October 2, 1925 in Parkersburg, West Virginia) was a motorcycle Hall of Famer, Formula One driver (Indy 500 only), and NASCAR driver from the United States.

Motorcycle career Edit

Goldsmith was a famous AMA motorcycle racer during the late 1940s through the mid-1950s. His first victory came in 1952 aboard a Harley Davidson at the Milwaukee Mile in Harley's hometown. Paul was a full-time worker at a Chrysler plant in Detroit.

His most famous victory was at the 1953 Daytona 200. Later in 1953, he won a 100 mile event at the grueling Langhorne (Pennsylvania) cinder track. He was awarded the Most Popular Rider of the Year Award for his efforts.

In 1954, Goldsmith had one victory at Charity Newsies at Columbus, Ohio, and four podium finishes. He finished second in the first year of the Grand National Series behind his former pupil Joe Leonard.

In 1955 he won his final AMA event at Schererville, Indiana. He was frequently running stock cars. He left motorcycle racing because he was pressured to run only stock cars by General Motors.

NASCAR and USAC stock car careerEdit

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

Goldsmith was the 1961 USAC champion, with 7 poles, 10 wins, 16 top-five finishes in 19 races.

Goldsmith won his second consecutive USAC championship in 1962 with 6 poles, 8 wins, and 15 top-five finishes in 20 races.

Championship Car careerEdit

Goldsmith competed in 8 races in the USAC Championship Car series, between 1958 and 1963 with 6 of those starts in the Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top five twice at Indy, following up a 5th place finish in 1959 with a 3rd in 1960.

As the Indianapolis 500 was included in the Formula One World Championship from 1950 to 1960, he is credited with participation in 3 grands prix, with one podium and a total of 6 championship points.

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