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Career Highlights

1975 Started racing Formula Karts in Eaton, Ohio.
1978 Won five races of Skip Barber Series, finished seventh in points.
1979 Won nine races and a series title.
1980 Set several track records in SCCA Formula Ford Northeast Division and finished 14th in points.
1981 Indy: Qualified for 29th spot for first start … Broken half-shaft sidelined him on Lap 173, finished 16th.
PPG Cup: Competed in 10 races with best finish of seventh in inaugural Michigan 500 … First championship event March 22 at Phoenix, finishing 15th … 13th in points.
1982 Indy: Practiced, but did not make qualifying attempt.
PPG Cup: Competed in five races with best finish of 10th in Michigan 500.
1983 Indy: Qualified for second “500” at 196.713, starting 29th … Flagged at 195 laps in ninth place, best finish of year.
PPG Cup: Five other starts, with best finish of 12th in Michigan 500.
1984 Indy: Set stock-block engine records with 204.638 one-lap mark and 203.637 four-lap average in turbocharged Buick-powered March … Started 26th … Transmission problems sidelined him after 150 laps in 18th.
PPG Cup: Started 12 other events with best finish of sixth at Pocono … 23rd in points.
1985 Indy: Was first qualifier and set track records in turbocharged Buick V6-powered March on each of the first three laps … Third-lap speed of 214.199 was fastest of month … Pancho Carter’s four-lap average was .229 miles an hour faster, so Brayton started in middle of front row … Led 15th lap of race, but dropped out after 19 circuits with turbo problem.
PPG Cup: Ran nine other races with best finish of sixth at Portland.
1986 Indy: Qualified for fifth start, again with Buick power … Engine failure sidelined him after 69 laps in 30th.
PPG Cup: Ran four other events with best finish of 13th in Michigan 500.
1987 Indy: Qualified at 205.647 and started 13th … Finished 12th after engine problem sidelined him after 167 laps.
PPG Cup: Ran four other races with best finish of fifth at Portland.
1988 Indy: Set record qualifying speed of 212.624 for turbocharged stock block engines in Buick V6 powered Lola and started seventh … Spun in Turn 2 on opening lap and finished 31st.
PPG Cup: Ran Lola/Judd in 11 other races with best finish of ninth at Portland.
1989 Indy: Second qualifier and set turbocharged stock block track record on each of his four laps … Fourth lap fastest at 221.877 of four-lap average of 220.459 … Started outside second row, flagged after 193 laps in sixth place.
PPG Cup: Ran all series races except Detroit … 16th in points.
1990 Indy: Qualified for 26th starting spot at 213.028 … Flagged in seventh place, his second-best Indy finish in nine starts, after completing 194 laps … Second start for Dick Simon Racing.
PPG Cup: Competed on full trail with best finish other than Indy of eighth at Mid-Ohio … Finished 15th in points, tops among Cosworth-powered drivers.
1991 Indy: First on track for month of May in first year with Chevy Indy V-8 power … Reached 221.588 two days before qualifying, but dropped to 209.239 on first qualifying lap on Pole Day and waved off … Qualified second day at 218.627 for 19th on grid … On Race Day, moved to ninth after 50 miles, eighth after 75 miles, second at Lap 140, 10 seconds behind eventual winner Rick Mears at that point … Engine blew on Lap 146, leaving him 17th.
PPG Cup: Ran full circuit with best finish of sixth at Australia, Milwaukee, Toronto … Led 12 laps at Michigan … 12th in points.
1992 Indy: Drove one of Dick Simon’s “fleet” of four cars which were “first out” for the month of May … Escaped serious injury in Turn 3 mishap May 5 … Team made decision to qualify repaired Buick-powered car instead of using Chevy … Qualified on first day at four-lap average of 226.142 for seventh starting spot … Jumped to third at 50 miles on Race Day and held it until the 125-mile mark … Engine failure ended his day after 93 laps …
PPG Cup: Got career best finish of third at Milwaukee after starting fourth … 15th in points with 39.
1993 Indy: Qualified Dick Simon entry for 11th starting spot after being in unofficial top 10 in speed chart on five of first seven days of practice … On Race Day, was fifth at halfway point, fourth at 350 miles, finished sixth.
PPG Cup: Ran all 16 races with best finishes of sixth at New Hampshire, Milwaukee, in addition to Indy … Finished 15th in point standings. Other: Ran 231.8 unofficially in Menard machine in test at Indy on Nov. 23, 1993.
1994 Indy: Joined Menard team … Was fastest in practice on first day of track activity at 227.658 … Was third driver to attempt to qualify, but waved off on attempts in two cars on first day … Had another waveoff on second day before qualifying at 223.652 … Started 20th, finished 23rd after engine failure.
PPG Cup: No other starts.
1995 Indy: Led Day 4 and Day 6 of practice … Reached 234.656 on Day 6, fastest unofficial lap in Speedway history, broken later by both himself (234.473 on Day 7) and Menard teammate Arie Luyendyk (234.913 on Day 7) … With Luyendyk setting pole speed just 20 minutes earlier, Brayton reeled off four-lap average of 231.604 for “500” pole and his first appearance on front row since 1985 … On Race Day, fell to fourth on Lap 1, got back to third on Lap 28 … Dropped to 24th at one point before coming back to 17th.
PPG Cup: No other starts.
1996 IRL: Qualified 10th, finished 15th with handling problems at the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World.


In memory of Scott Brayton
“Scott and I were great pals besides being competitors. We just had a great time together last night (at the Old Timers Club). I wish we could turn back the clock, but we can’t.”
Arie Luyendyk

“Today we lost a great friend. He was a great husband, a great father and a great competitor. Our heartfelt sympathy is with Becky and Carly, with Lee and Jean, his mother and father. Words just can’t describe just how I feel right now. We will be praying for the family. God bless us all because I’m sure Scott’s with God now.

“Scottie just loved this place. He loved running fast here. He loved the competition. He was so proud of the fact that he had the pole. He really worked for that pole. That was a gutsy thing he did Saturday. I’ve just lost a great friend. It goes way beyond any words you can say. He died doing what he loved, I guess. And if I know Scott, right now he’s probably telling God a joke.”
John Menard


“On behalf of the Speedway and the Speedway family, we’re very saddened by Scott’s death. He has been a great ambassador to the sport. His family is one that has put their entire heart and soul into automobile racing. There’s so much love in that family. They’re so loved by the racing community. My heart goes out to Team Menard for what they must be feeling at this time.

“Scott, earlier in the month, expressed to me on a couple of occasions how much he loved his two girls, Becky (Scott’s wife) and his daughter Carly. We’re going to miss Scott. He died doing what he loved–going fast at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
Tony George


“The Indy Car community will grieve over the loss of one of its great personalities. In the midst of all that is going on, there is little doubt that it all gets put into perspective quickly when something like this happens. He was so special, such a nice person. It always hurts when a race car driver is killed, and there is no way a death in the racing family can be handled easily.

“This one hurts badly. God bless you, Scott and thanks for your friendship.”
Ned Wicker – IndyCar Racing Magazine


“The loss of Scott Brayton today is felt not only by the Indy Car community, but the motorsports community as a whole.

“From IndyCar, both CART and IRL, to F1, to NASCAR, to Sprints, Midgets, SuperTrucks, IMSA, and to the racers and fans at the local tracks across the country and the World. Yes, Ned, this one does hurt badly.

“Having never met Scott Brayton, I cannot tell you what a great man he was. But I can say that I liked what I saw of him on TV, like many of you have seen him.

“This is truly a sad day for us all. We won’t forget you, Scott!”
Jim DeFord – SpeedCenter


“Everyone in the IndyCar community is devastated by the tragic loss of Scott Brayton. We extend our sympathy and support to Scott’s family and his many friends. He was true competitor who will be greatly missed.”
Andrew Craig – CART President and CEO


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