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Jules Goux
Jules Goux, born April 6, 1885 - died March 6, 1965, was a Grand Prix motor racing champion and the first Frenchmanmarker, and the first European, to win the Indianapolis 500marker.

Influenced by the Gordon Bennett Cup in auto racing, Jules Goux began racing cars in his early twenties. Success came in 1908 on a circuit set up on roads around Sitgesmarker, near Barcelona, Spainmarker, when he won the Catalan Cup, a victory he repeated the following year. Because of his racing success, along with Georges Boillot, he was invited by Peugeot Automobile to race for their factory team. As part of a four-man design team led by Paulo Zuccarelli and Ernest Henry, Goux helped develop a racecar powered by a radically new Straight-4 engine using a twin overhead cam.

Jules Goux at 1913 Indy 500
Jules Goux won the 1912 Sarthe Cup at Le Mansmarker driving a Peugeot, and in 1913 he travelled with the team to the United Statesmarker to compete in the Indianapolis 500marker race. Goux won the race, becoming the first French person to ever do so. The following year, World War I broke out in Europe and his racing career had to be put aside for service in the French military. At war's end, Goux returned to European Grand Prix motor racing. In 1921, driving for Ballot Automobile, he finished third in the French Grand Prixmarker then won the inaugural Italian Grand Prixmarker at Brescia, Italymarker. For the next few years his racing career was marked by repeated problems and he did not return to the winners circle until 1926. That year, driving for Bugattimarker in a T39A model, he won both the French Grand Prix at Miramasmarker and the European Grand Prixmarker at the Circuito Lasarte, Spainmarker.

Indy 500 results

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1913 16 7 86.030 3 1 200 138 Running
1914 6 19 98.130 2 4 200 1 Running
1919 6 22 95.000 15 3 200 0 Running
1920 16 21 84.300 19 15 148 0 Engine trouble
1922 14 22 96.950 9 25 25 0 Axle
Totals 773 139
Starts 5
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 1
Top 5 3
Top 10 3
Retired 2



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