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Federal authorities are have resumed an investigation regarding the continuing involvement between former F1 and Indy 500 racers Don and Bill Whittingham, who have (reportedly) been supplying transportation for drug traffickers throughout South America through their company World Jet, Inc.

In 1979 the brothers purchased and operated the Road Atlanta road-racing circuit and were said to have used the secluded backstretch of the course as a landing strip for aircraft.

Both of the brothers have done jail time for similar offenses with Don serving 18 months after pleading guilty to money laundering charges in association with his Bill's guilty plea to income tax evasion and conspiracy to smuggle marijuana into the United States from Colombia back in 1986.

The Whittington brothers were also part of the IMSA drug smuggling scandal of the 1980s, where a number of drivers financed their racing activities with the proceeds from drug smuggling. These included Don’s co-owner of the Blue Thunder Racing Team (along with Marty Hinze) as well as racers John Paul Sr., and John Paul Jr.

The highlight of the Whittingham’s racing careers came when the pair won the 1979 24 Hours of LeMans in a Porsche 935 along with Klaus Ludwig, and took took part in five Indy 500’s during the late ‘70’s and 80’s. Don’s best finish at Indy was 6th, while Bill’s was 14th.

Don also started in 10 NASCAR Winston Cup races in 1980 and 1981, and earned a top-ten in the sport in his debut at Riverside, and participated in the 1980 International Race of Champions. In the meantime, his brother Bill made two NASCAR Winston Cup starts in 1980, earning an 8th in his debut at Riverside International Raceway, and then placed 32nd in the Daytona 500.

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