List of fatalities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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The following is a list of individuals killed during events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Persons named include drivers, riding mechanics, pit crew members, track personnel, and spectators. All fatalities are related to Championship Car races at the Speedway unless otherwise noted.

Fatalities have occurred in conjunction with the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, the Moto GP event, the Speedway's golf course, and during private testing.

Fatal accidents during races from 1909—1910[edit]

Fatal accidents during the Indianapolis 500[edit]

Fatal accidents during Indianapolis 500 time trials[edit]

Fatal accidents during testing and practice[edit]

Fatal accidents involving spectators, crew members, and track workers[edit]

Fatal accidents during the Motorcycle events[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  36. ^ "Veteran driver badly hurt in warmup for 500-miler". Miami Daily News. Associated Press. May 29, 1949. 
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