Three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham died Sunday morning at age 88 in his native Australia.
Brabham, who was a mechanic in the Royal Australian Air Force, started his racing career on Australian dirt tracks in the late 1940s. He eventually moved to Great Britain and won the 1959 and ’60 world titles racing for the Cooper Racing Team.
Brabham later joined with fellow Australian Ron Tauranac to design and build his own Brabham race cars and became the only person to win the world championship in his own car in 1966.
Brabham, who won 14 grands prix and amassed 31 podium finishes during his career, retired from racing following the 1970 Formula One season.
He also made four Indianapolis 500 starts with a best finish of ninth in his first start in 1961.
Brabham’s three sons — Geoff, Gary and David — all enjoyed success racing on the international stage and his grandsons Matthew and Sam are each finding success on the race track.
Geoff Brabham made 12 Indianapolis 500 starts during his career and his son, Matthew, currently races in the Indy Lights series and is on track to become a third-generation Indianapolis 500 racer in the coming years.