Brendon Cassidy

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This article is about the elder Brendon Cassidy. For his son, see Brendon Cassidy Jr.

Brendon Cassidy Sr. (born 19th January, 1958 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA) is a American former racing driver and team owner famous for his appearances in IndyCar and Formula One.

He is the father to fellow racing drivers Brendon Jr., Ashley, Karen and David Cassidy.

Formula One

1987: Williams

By 1987, Cassidy was established in Formula One and driving for Canon Williams Honda Team alongside Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna.

He started the season in great form, taking pole on the season-opening Australian Grand Prix before finishing second in the race to Gerhard Berger. His first win of the season would come four races later at the Canadian Grand Prix, to which he'd follow up with three races later at the British Grand Prix.

Despite only winning two races, Cassidy would finish the season in second overall behind McLaren's Berger by only a single point. Frustrations with reliability saw Cassidy leave Williams at the end of the season, despite the team taking pole in fourteen out of sixteen races in 1987.

1988-1989: Arrows

1988 would see Cassidy swap seats with Nigel Mansell, with the American taking the British driver's seat at the USF&G Arrows Zakspeed team.

Cassidy, joined by Chris Dagnall would take points in most of the races in 1988 - with his best result (and only podium) being a second place at the Italian Grand Prix. He would finish the season in sixth place, ahead of Mansell.

Cassidy would remain at Arrows in 1989 - once again alongside Dagnall for the season. Cassidy and Arrows were yet again a very strong package in the upper midfield, taking several podiums throughout the year - peaking at the United States Grand Prix, where Cassidy led home Dagnall for his and Arrows' first 1-2 finish in Formula One. However, Cassidy would only go on to take four more points finishes - inlcuding 3rd in the Hungarian Grand Prix, Cassidy's only other podium finish that year - but finished the season on equal points with Dagnall, thanks to the Brit racking up more points after the US Grand Prix. He soon found himself out of favour at Arrows, as new title sponsor Benetton requested a world champion team-mate for the up-and-coming Chris Dagnall, something which Cassidy clearly was not. As a result, the team hired 1986 world champion Guillaume Gauthier to partner Dagnall, leaving Cassidy with no other option but to head to Lotus to take Gauthier's place.

1990: Lotus & McLaren

Other Motorsport Endeavours

In 1988, whilst racing for Arrows in Formula One, Cassidy also raced a part season in the World Touring Car Masters for his own Gulf Racing team - racing a Ford Sierra RS500 in the top class of the series. His best result, however, would be a win in the non-championship Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst for the works Kaliber Industrial Control Services Racing Ford team alongside former Formula One driver Thomas Nurmester.

Complete WTCM Results

Year Team Car Class WDC Pts Class Pts
1988 Gulf Racing Ford Sierra RS500 A Flag of Australia svg.png Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png 13th 77 9th 110
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
MPC
7
MPC
5
FUJ
6
FUJ
10
GLN
5
GLN
6
NOR
8
NOR
5
NUR
Ret
1989 Ford Performance Australia Ford Sierra RS500 A Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png 60th 1 36th 4
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
BAT
Ret