|Jim Sauter (born June 1, 1943) is a former NASCAR race car driver from Necedah, Wisconsin.
Sauter started racing in 1964 in a modified at Raceway Park in Savage, Minnesota.<ref name="GoldenAge">Template:Cite book</ref> He moved up to late models the following year.<ref name="GoldenAge" /> Sauter moved to Wisconsin, and his career took off after he won the North Star 500 at the Minnesota State Fair in a Dave Marcis Chevelle.<ref name="GoldenAge" /> Sauter said "The funny thing about that race was the fact that we had a barn full of various brands of tires that we wanted to use up and ended up with Goodyear on the outside and Firestone on the inside for no other reason than that. Everyone thought it must be the hot tip."<ref name="GoldenAge" /> Marcis called Sauter in 1978 and asked him to drive his racecar in the ARCA 200. Sauter battled Bruce Hill for the win on the last lap. They crashed, with Hill ending his race along the wall and Sauter won.<ref name="GoldenAge" />
Sauter returned to Wisconsin to win the 1981 track championship at Wisconsin International Raceway.<ref>"Final 1981 Point Standings". Wisconsin International Raceway. Retrieved on 12 January 2010.</ref> He also drove part-time in the Winston Cup series, posting four top ten finishes in 76 starts.
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His sons Tim, Jay, and Johnny have followed his footsteps by racing on the NASCAR circuit.
Jim is also well known for preparing the setups and testing IROC cars with Dick Trickle and Dave Marcis.
Racing Champions Diecast has a 1991 edition diecast replica of his #89 Evinrude Outboard Motors Pontiac.