Career

British driver Ian James has been racing cars professionally for nearly 15 years, although the motorsports paddock was familiar scenery before he could he even walk-his father had raced in Formula Ford, F3, and the Atlantic series. Ian was handy with the go-kart by age 4 and by the time he was 8, Ian was honing his driving skills in the Junior Britain Go Kart Series. James’ racing career really gained momentum in 1994, capturing the Opel Lotus Winter Series Championship title while also finishing runner-up in the Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship. Ian continued to add to his road-racing resume in the U.K., contesting a partial season in the Palmer Audi series and finishing 3rd in the British Formula 3 championship.

Ian James

In 1998, James made the jump across the pond to pursue several sports car opportunities here. Those led to the Motorola Cup series in 2000, where he quickly earned a victory at Sebring, Florida. That same year, Ian drove in the American Le Mans Series for select events and collected the win at the American Road Race of Champions. James also drove his for Rolex 24 at Daytona, finishing 5th in the AGT class.

Ian continued to leave his mark in the world of sports car racing in the U.S. as fought to 3rd overall in the Grand-Am Cup series in 2001, earning a strong win at Phoenix. He also made three Rolex Series starts-two in GT and one in SRP-that same year. The following year, James joined the Factory Lexus team in the Grand- Am Sports Touring class, helping to deliver the Manufacturers’ title, as well as finishing 3rd in the overall championship with a win at Daytona. Ian followed the win at Daytona with yet another victory at Homestead in 2003.

In 2004, James solidified his position in the racing community with a standout year. Leading his list of accomplishments was the American Le Mans Series P2 Championship title, which also earned him Rookie of the Year honors. His 3 victories that season also included the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring. He also kept his schedule full with driving in the Rolex Series GT class, finishing 4th overall with 6 podium finishes to his credit, and driving in the Grand-Am Sports Touring class, collecting a win a Mont-Tremblant. Ian held on to his 12 Hours of Sebring title the following year and again contested the Rolex Series GT division, earning 1 win and 5 podiums, and the Grand-Am Cup division, collecting 2 wins and finishing 4th in the championship.

The 33 year-old’s reserved demeanor off the track only goes to mask a fierce competitiveness on the track and a sharp sense of humor. His professionalism and consistency have made him a strong fixture in the world of sports car racing. Team HLM is excited to have him as an experienced addition to its stable of drivers.

  • Height: 5” 11”
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Date of birth: July 22, 1974
  • Birthplace: Epsom, UK
  • Residence: Phoenix, AZ
  • Favorite music: Coldplay, most modern rock
  • Favorite Food: Sushi
  • Hobbies: Golf, Skiing
  • Role model: My Dad
  • Racing hero: Nigel Mansell
  • Biggest Racing Achievement: 2004 ALMS P2 Championship & two Sebring 12 Hour’s in a row
  • Personal: Married; wife Kim

Career Highlights

  • Joins Team HLM for its debut in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series GT division.
  • Contested the Rolex Sports Car GT series as factory BMW driver, collecting 1 win (Mont-Tremblant) and 5 podiums.
  • 4th overall in the Grand-Am Cup championship, garnering 2 victories (Daytona,VIR).
  • 1st –place at the 12 Hours of Sebring in the American Le Mans Series (P2).
  • American Le Mans P2 Champion & Rookie of the Year, collecting 3 victories including the 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • 4th overall in the Rolex Sports Car GT championship, earning 6 podiums and 1 win (Mont-Tremblant).
  • Earned victory in the Grand-Am Sports Touring series (Homestead).
  • Made one Rolex Series start, GT class.
  • 3rd overall in the Grand-Am Sports Touring championship & 1st in Manufacturers’ championship.
  • Four Rolex Series starts, two in GT and two in SRP class, earning a podium finish (Homestead).
  • 2nd overall in the Grand-Am Cup series, earned 1 victory (Phoenix).
  • Also made three Rolex Series starts, two in GT and one in SRP.
  • Winner of the American Road Race of Champions.
  • Earned win in the Grand-Am Motorola Cup series (Sebring).
  • Drove select American Le Mans events.
  • Competed in his first Rolex 24 at Daytona, finishing 5th in AGT class.
  • Drove partial Formula Palmer Audi season.
  • 3rd overall in the British F3 national class championship.
  • Won Opel Lotus Championship, Winter Series.
  • 2nd –place in Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship.
  • 2010 Starworks DP , TPN Continental tire Dodge charger, PTG Panoz Abruzzi ALMS.
  • 2009 – 2 Rolex DP starts, factory Panoz ALMS driver, Black forest Dodge challenger Koni challenge.
  • 2008 – Daytona Prototype MSR 1 win, 2 podiums. 24hrs Nurburgring
  • 2007 – DP MSR 2 podiums,  ALMS Tafel Porsche
  • 2006 – Rolex GT Tafel racing Porsche  3 podiums. Grand Am Cup Black Forest Motorsport  2 wins, ALMS Factory BMW GTR
  • 2005 – Rolex GT Factory PTG BMW team 1 win 2 podiums, Grand Am Cup 2 wins. 3rd place Lemans 24hr P2, 12hr Sebring winner
  • 2004- Rolex GT Racers Group Porsche 5 podiums , Factory Lexus Grand Am Cup 1 win 3 podiums, ALMS P2 champion, 12hr Sebring winner