Patrick Bedard

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Patrick Bedard (born August 20, 1941, LaPorte City, Iowa), is an American automobile racing driver and journalist.

In the 70's, Car and Driver magazine challenged its readers to series of Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) sanctioned, 25-lap Showroom Stock Sedan races. In the Car and Driver SS/Sedan Challenge II, Bedard finished first driving their Opel 1900 Sedan. In the Car and Driver SS/Sedan Challenge III in 1974, Bedard drove the 1973 Chevy Vega GT #0, winning the tie-breaker race. The lone Vega beat 31 other well-driven Showroom Stocks

The first racing victory by a Wankel engined car in the United States was in 1973, when Bedard won an IMSA RS race at Lime Rock Park in a Mazda RX-2."The Rotary Club", Don Sherman, Automobile Magazine, February 2008, pp 76-79

Bedard drove for Jaguar Cars in endurance racing, and driving in the Indianapolis 500 in 1983 and 1984, finished 30th both times; the 2nd time retiring through a colossal accident where his car flipped several times. Bedard then retired from motor racing but continued to write for Car and Driver magazine where he had been employed since March 1968.

After nearly 42 concecutive years of employment with Car and Driver, Bedard announced he was leaving the magazine in his regular column after the August 2009...
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