Jody David Scheckter (born 29 January 1950) is a South African former auto racing driver. He is the 1979 Formula One World Drivers’ Champion. Scheckter was born in East London, Eastern Cape, and educated at Selborne College. He rapidly ascended to the ranks of Formula One after moving to Britain in 1970. His Formula 1 debut occurred at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in 1972 with McLaren, where he ran as high as third place before spinning and finishing ninth.