List of race car drivers who did not make it out of indy in. Jan 14, 2010 all the fatal accidents of the indy 500 in history. The full extent of the injuries robert wickens suffered in his huge indycar accident at pocono last month have been revealed following surgeries to his legs and hands. The national championship, which was split from 1979 to 2007, has featured regular races, non. Indycar driver dan wheldon was killed in a 2011 crash at las vegas motor. One person killed, another critical in crash on indys. Acting as traffic director on track after a crash and fire, a fire truck, driven by his. Indycar racer robert wickens frightening crash halts pocono. The lists show indycar or champ car fatalities that occurred in events making up the national championship, which has been held by the following sanctioning bodies. In the 15 years between 1947 and 1964, drivers were killed in the indianapolis 500 or while practicing for it. The coroner said james wither iii, 52, of duboistown died after smashing into a pole at the. Indycar driver justin wilson, who was struck by a part careening off a crashed race car, has died. Nov 21, 2019 he was owner, driver, chief mechanic, engine builder and sponsor finder all at the same time.
Indycar will not return to las vegas in 2012 following dan wheldons death. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of auto racing, many individuals, including drivers, crew members, officials and spectators, have been killed in crashes related to the sport, in races, in qualifying, in practice or in private. Drivers ntt indycar series, indy lights, indy pro 2000. However, the britons death will once again raise questions about driver safety in indycar. Oct 17, 2011 read 9 most tragic auto racing deaths and other more, sports lists articles from total pro sports. If you dont see the obituary or death record that you are looking for, use this form to search our entire database. The story of the last spectator death at the indy 500. Lazier was cart rookie of the year and finished 19 th. The full extent of the injuries robert wickens suffered in his huge indycar accident at pocono last month have been revealed following surgeries to his legs and hands this week.
Top 25 indianapolis 500 crashes non fatals youtube. Indianapolis, ind race driver pat oconnor, his clothes burned from his body, sits in his car after it struck a wall in the first lap of the 500mile indianapolis speedway auto race here. In recent years, lazier stayed involved in racing as a team owner and by driving vintage race cars. Indianapolis one person is dead and another critically injured following an early morning crash on indianapolis east side. Also canceled was indy lights qualifying because repairs to the wall could not be completed in time. John had a huge career that included wins in cart, imsa gtp, rolex sports car series, and.
The driver of the vehicle that was driving at a high rate of. Like an accident investigation, tracing indycar s modern ills back to the split reveals a number of lingering symptoms. At least then it would stop killing drivers, mechanics and spectators at such. May 22, 2018 deaths before the indy 500 was created. Indycar dan wheldons impact on indycar one year later. Here are 10 incidents that resulted in death at indianapolis motor. Aug 08, 2016 notable driver deaths in the past five years. Former cart driver bob lazier has died at the age of 81, the indianapolis motor speedway announced saturday ht espn. Three race fans killed at michigan speedway history. He died in an accident at the nurburgring, while practicing for the 1964 german grand prix. The life and death of cheryl glass the female, africanamerican sprint car driver had indy 500 ambitions, but why did the promising racers dream turn to tragedy. Eight alone have come at the famed indianapolis motor speedway and all but two on ovals. Indianapolis, friday, march 30, 2001 an autoracing era came to an end.
The following is a list of 73 individuals killed at the indianapolis motor speedway. Fernandez, the pole winner for the cart race, was running third at the time of the crash and wa left with bruised knees. Wickens immediately reacted on twitter to the accident, saying indycar should divorce pocono. Gregory william moore april 22, 1975 october 31, 1999 was a canadian race car driver who competed in the indy lights and championship auto racing teams cart. The most recent driver to be killed in an indycar series event was justin wilson at the 2015 abc supply 500.
Wins cart dayton indy lights rookie of the year award. Carts championship battle in 1999 between young stars juan pablo montoya and dario franchitti was overshadowed by the deaths of drivers gonzalo rodriguez and greg moore within two months of each other. This page shows only the 20 most recent obituaries in indianapolis, indiana. Indianapolis motor speedway deaths 1992 jovy marcelo. Indycar driver airlifted after violent crash video abc news. However advances in safety technology, and specifications designed by sanctioning bodies to limit speeds, have reduced deaths. Indiana obituaries latest obituaries in indianapolis indiana. Indycar drivers were furious after scary 5car crash on lap 1 at pocono. A competitor in the cart ppg indy car world series, he was killed in a racing. Two killed, one injured in toronto indycar crash the.
The accident occurred with less than five minutes remaining in the final practice session. The news was confirmed on thursday via andretti autosports facebook account. Tony renna holds trophies in the air during the cart u. This article lists the people who have been fatally injured in american championship car racing during testing, practice, qualifying, or races since 1916, categorized into drivers, riding mechanics, and nonparticipants. List of deaths due to car accidents at the indianapolis 500. Former cart driver bill alsup died tuesday in a crane accident in silverton, colo. Full extent of injuries to indycar driver robert wickens. Read 11 of the most deadly auto racing wrecks of alltime and other sports lists articles from total pro sports.
Oct 17, 2011 british driver dan wheldon has been killed following a 15car accident at the las vegas 300 indycar series finale. Any carts if hes being treated for injuries to his lower extremities right arm and his spine. Nov 30, 2017 the true cause of his death remains a point of dispute. The formula one world championship raced at the indianapolis motor speedway from 20002007 in the united states grand prix at indianapolis. Jeff krosnoffs car spun, smashed and scattered today, killing the 31yearold driver and a course worker with three laps left in the toronto molson indy auto race.
When a tire kills your husband at the indy 500 the indianapolis star. Deaths among racers and spectators were numerous in the early years of racing. Indycar driver justin wilson died a day after a piece of debris struck him in the helmet during a race at pocono raceway. Since 1966 there have been 18 deaths in indycar which includes the series previous incarnations as champ car, cart and indy racing league. Indycar s driver development system is making the most of an awful situation.
Each driver gets four of each element and using any more of those results in penalties. Without actually meeting face to face, they did the deal. And another 20 drivers were killed elsewhere racing indy carsor champ cars, as. Aug 19, 2018 in 2011, twotime indy 500 winner dan wheldon was killed in a crash at the seasonending race in las vegas. Most recently, driver scott brayton, who had won the pole position, died due to a skull fracture sustained during a practice run while testing a backup car in 1996. Usac was replaced by cart in 1979 and by the irl in 1996. Indycar driver dan wheldon died following a massive 15car wreck during sundays las vegas indy 300. Aug 11, 2007 on september 2, 1990 during the molson indy vancouver race track workers were pushing another car off the track when one of the track workers, jeanpatrick hein or hien, according to other. Angle of impact caused moores death changes in wall, pavement at track proposed to prevent repeat of fatal wreck by robin miller the indianapolis star indianapolis nov. Most recent deadly accident at the indianapolis 500 swede savage 1973 there have been 14 drivers that have died while racing in. All fatalities are related to championship car races at the speedway unless otherwise noted fatalities have occurred in conjunction with the indianapolis 500 and its precursors, the.
Famed nascar, indycar driver john andretti dead at 56. It has been 50 years since dave macdonald and eddie sachs died as a result of a second lap crash during the running of the 1964 indianapolis 500, one of the worst accidents. In cart races, as well as those of its rival openwheel circuit, the indy racing league, drivers often achieved speeds of up to 230 mph in the straightaways. Read 9 most tragic auto racing deaths and other more, sports lists articles from total pro sports. Notable deaths in motor sports the past five years usa today. The 59yearold driver was able to get out of the truck on his own, reith said, and was met by three good samaritans who helped usher him to safety. A somber look at the unfortunate driver, spectator, team member, and rescue worker deaths due to car crashes over the years at the indy 500. List of fatalities at the indianapolis motor speedway. During the season finale of the 1999 cart fedex championship at the california speedway, greg moore spins off of turn 2 then flips in the grass and hits the inside wall hard and flips a few times. Jeffrey john krosnoff september 24, 1964 july 14, 1996 was an american race car driver.
Aug 02, 1982 this was the second death in indy car racing this season. During the season finale of the 1999 cart fedex championship at the california speedway, greg moore spins off of turn 2 then flips in the grass and. Williamsport a driver was killed saturday in a crash during an indy kart race in williamsport. Indianas cody zeller motivated by michael jordans success. Deadly may of 1973 still resonates at indianapolis motor. May 22, 2019 a total of 23 drivers have been killed during practice or qualifying runs at the indy 500. Moore lost control of his car at 220 mph on lap 10 and crashed into a wall, sending his car into wild spins. Champ car, now called indycar, was the name for a class and specification of open wheel cars used in american championship car racing for many decades, associated primarily with the indianapolis 500. Everyone involved with super aguri fernandez racing and fernandez racing is deeply saddened over the tragic death of teammate and friend john martin jr. Marcelo met ferrari at indianapolis raceway park for some tests, two weeks prior to the cart season opening race in australia. Top sprint car driver bryan clauson died one day after a crash while leading the belleville midget nationals in kansas. At the 1987 indy 500, a tire bounded off the track, landing in the top. Remembering dan wheldon covering his life and career with contributions from the motor racing community was published.
Bob lazier, indianapolis 500 starter and 1981 carts rookie of the year, died saturday due to complications from the coronavirus, his family. Bob burman usa grand boulevard corona corona grand prize. Wheldon, of course, was one of indycar s top drivers and a twotime indy 500 champ. John had a huge career that included wins in cart, imsa gtp, r. Jan 30, 2020 famed race car driver john andretti has lost his battle with cancer and passed away thursday, andretti autosport confirmed on twitter.
John martin was the last of a breed at the indianapolis motor speedway in the 1970s and used his talent, guile and work ethic to make five indianapolis 500s. Champ car, now called indycar, was the name for a class and. Browse the indianapolis star obituaries, conduct other obituary searches, offer condolencestributes, send flowers or create an online memorial. Ferrari stated that marcelo was a good test driver and that he only did fast laps when the car was right. Indycar drivers who died racing indy motor speedway.
In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, race car driver deaths were, if not accepted, at least an acknowledged part of the sport. A crowd estimated at 250,000 swarmed indianapolis motor speedways grandstands, suites and infield on may 12, 1973. It had been widely reported that savages death was caused by lung and kidney complications, but steve olvey, savages attending physician at indy and later cart s director of medical affairs, claimed in his book rapid response that the real cause of death was complications related to. He was the second driver to be killed in cart competition in 1999 after gonzalo rodriguez three races earlier at mazda raceway laguna seca. Krosnoff, whose wife and parents were at the hospital when he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the accident, is the second indycar driver killed this year. British indycar driver justin wilson died on monday after suffering a severe head injury during a wreck in the closing laps of a race the previous day at pocono raceway in pennsylvania, indycar off.
Gordon smiley was killed at the indianapolis motor speedway in may while trying to qualify for the indy 500. The list covers deaths that occurred on the national championship trail. Bob lazier, indy 500 driver and father of indy winner buddy lazier, died saturday of covid19 in denver, colorado at the age of 81. Wheldon was inducted into the indianapolis motor speedway hall of fame on 23 may. The tire that changed karen kurtenbachs life weighed 18. Former race car driver john andretti died at age 56 following a long, public battle with colon cancer. In 1905 the aaa established the national driving championship. Indycar drivers were furious after 5car crash on lap 1 at. Championship race car drivers that died at tracks other than indy. Cart technical personnel were still trying to determine what caused the crash. For motorcycle racing deaths, see rider deaths in motorcycle racing.1049 1300 238 665 296 798 1632 1567 1098 780 550 650 1600 919 624 653 1579 23 729 1299 988 201 947 901 1539 57 780 1038 498 202 1404 65 1316 298 1323 992 871 1105 299 800 404 757 629 1338 1475 461 1279 493 948 1321 1299