JODY SCHECK­TER

CONCIERGE – The F1 Inside Track - - RACING LINES -

Jody signed to trans­fer from Tyrrell to the Wolf team for the 1977 sea­son, but at Watkins Glen at the end of 1976, Ken Tyrrell was good enough to let Jody test in the Wolf, just prior to the Watkins Glen GP. Jody was de­ter­mined to show that he had not made an er­ror in chang­ing team, and hurled the 1976 Wolf (née Hes­keth 308C) to a lap time that would have put it high on the grid for the fol­low­ing GP. Need­less to say, with the reg­u­lar drivers the car qual­i­fied on the last row. I was im­pressed. Early the next year, at a test in South Africa with Jody and the much bet­ter

1977 Wolf, I re­ceived a call from Frank Wil­liams ask­ing me to join him at what would be Wil­liams GP En­gi­neer­ing. For me, the fu­ture beck­oned, but Jody went on to race wins and a close sec­ond to Niki Lauda in the 1977 Cham­pi­onship.

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