Virgil Earnest Irvan, sometimes known as Swervin 'Irvan, is a former professional American racer. Retired NASCAR athlete, we remember his return from a serious head injury that left him a 10% chance of surviving August 20, 1994, at Michigan International Speedway . Irvan has been featured in several Trophies and was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest racers in 1998. After a series of injuries in the late 1990s, he retired in 1999.
|Born||Virgil Earnest Irvan, January 13, 1959, Salinas, California|
|Achievements||1991 Daytona 500 Winner, 1993 Winston 500 Winner, Led Winston Cup Series in poles in 1994|
|Awards||NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998), 1993 Super Ford Magazine Driver of the Year, 1994 True Value Hard Charger, 1994 Mike Rich Memorial Award, 1994, 1995 Maxwell House Spirit Award, 1995 Winston Cup Scene Top Story of the Year, 1995 Arete Award for Courage in Sports (Professional Division), 1996 Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award, 1996 AP Parts Meet the Challenge Award, 2001 Selected as a torchbearer for the 2002 Olympics, 2002 Inductee into the Stock Car Hall of Fame, 2002 Voted by MSNBC Top Ten Greatest Sport Comebacks of All Time, 2005 Inductee in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame|
Former race car driver who put together an accomplished career despite suffering a head injury during a race.
He raced karts and stock cars as a teenager.
He was named one of NASCAR's Fifty greatest drivers in 1998.
His son Jared became a Quarter Midget Racing Champion.
He dueled with Mark Martin at Bristol in 1989, but was sidelined by an accident in lap 167.
- Sports athlete from Salinas, California
- American Speed Association drivers
- The runners are from California
Latest information about Ernie Irvan updated on June 17 2021.