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    About Jim Swintal

    Jim began his motorsports art career in
    1991 after a 12 year stint as Chicago
    Architect. He graduated in 1979 from the
    University of Notre Dame.

    At the track, Jim is a member of the Race
    Control staffs of both the NTT IndyCar
    Series and the IMSA WeatherTech
    SportsCar Championship. He began his
    involvement in 1980 as a volunteer
    corner marshal, became the Starter for
    the American Racing Series (now Indy
    Lights), and in 1993, succeeded the late
    Nick Fornoro as the Starter for the Champ
    Car World Series. In 2003, he moved to
    Race Control, and now serves as the
    Race Control Communicator to the
    competitors for both INDYCAR and IMSA,
    the first person to hold both positions
    concurrently.

    Jim's art  has been commissioned by a
    variety of motorsports events, racing
    teams and individual enthusiasts.
    His work has been used in Lithographs,
    Team Press Kits, Event Programs and
    Posters, Season-ending Awards
    and Holiday Cards.
"That was pretty cool. It was
a very nice tribute to the way
things used to be in racing. A
real throwback… and Swintal
did a good job too. Not only
did it look really good, but he
avoided getting killed."
- Paul Tracy, after winning the
2003 Tecate/Telmex GP in
Mexico City
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In 2021, Jim will again be on
the
road officiating with the NTT
IndyCar Series, the IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Champion-
ship and the t
hree Road To Indy
Championships.

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EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY, DON'T IT?
Updated MARCH 2021
KYLE KIRKWOOD - World Wide Technology Raceway
INDY PRO 2000 presented by COOPER TIRES  - 2019 CHAMPION

Featured below are four of Jim's most recent champion's paintings, which
still occupy most of his time on the drawing board. We plan to keep this
page updated as new pieces are completed, along with some notes on the
stories behind them... Just might be a good start on a coffee-table book.
BRADEN EVES - WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
COOPER TIRES USF2000  - 2019 CHAMPION

OLIVER ASKEW - INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY -
INDY LIGHTS presented by COOPER TIRES - 2019 CHAMPION

TRENTON ESTEP - WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL
PORSCHE GT3 CHALLENGE PLATINUM CUP USA - 2018 CHAMPION
Trenton chose this moment from his successful campaign to highlight his 'comeback' from a
year earlier, where he was injured and airlifted from the circuit after a multi-car pileup in the
esses on the second lap.  (That incident was the subject of David Baker's Platinum Masters
Class painting of 2017, as David was the first driver to navigate through the wreckage
without stopping...) Trenton salutes his JDX Racing crew, completing a clean sweep in 2018,
leading every lap of the second race from pole position, setting fastest lap and establishing a
WGI track record for a 45 minute IMSA GT3 race.
In what was fated to become the last Freedom 100 held on Carb Day at IMS, Oliver Askew
edges his Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Norman by a scant 0.0067 second under starter
Brad Hockaday's checkered flags.  Starting 6th and running with the leaders the entire
distance, Oliver timed the perfect pass on Norman - who led most of the race - down the front
straight, ending an exciting 50-lap event that saw 12 official lead changes. Askew reflected
from Victory Lane that years earlier he had stood on the famous podium as a young karter
during a Speedway tour, realizing a dream come true.
Kyle Kirkwood etched his mark on Indy Pro 2000 series lore in August 2019, where a
procedural infraction during qualifying left him and the RP Motorsport USA Tatuus PM-18
starting last on the grid. Despite the setback, he confidently drove to the front, picking off
one car at a time to grab the lead in just six laps. His championship painting depicts Kyle
measuring up his last pass, shown looking back from leader Moises de la Vara's rear view
mirror. Kirkwood never looked back and led the final 50 laps. The race was a reflection of his
overall season, falling far behind eventual runner-up Rasmus Lindh (car #10 behind Kyle in
the painting) early in the campaign but gathering enough points and victories to clinch the
title with one race remaining.
At the 2019 series finale, Braden and the Cape Motorsports team trailed Hunter McElrea by
only a few points, and needed everything to go their way to take a thirteenth USF2000
drivers title. Eves finished behind McElrea in race 1, but a mechanical glitch in qualifying for
race 2 saw McElrea start last in 18th position. Starting fourth, and knowing that Hunter would
be on the move, Braden muscled his way past McElrea's teammate Colin Kaminsky and into
the lead at the exit of turn two on lap 1. McElrea could only work his way up to seventh, as
Braden went on to win the race and the championship in dramatic style.