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]

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ 3 DIE IN AUTO RACE AT INDIANAPOLIS New York Times, June 1st, 1919.
  3. ^ "160,000 witness auto race, one driver killed in crash" from The Associated Press as reported in The Milwaukee Journal, May 30, 1929
  4. ^ Motor - The Automotive Business Magazine, June 1933
  5. ^ From Motor, The Automotive Business Magazine, June 1933
  6. ^ Hannon's 'Death Car' almost hits wall again Associated Press, as reported in The Milwaukee Journal, May 28, 1935. From Google News, retrieved September 4th, 2011
  7. ^ Daring Petillo Wins Auto Race Associated Press, as reported in the Spokane Daily Chronicle, May 31st, 1935. From Google News, retrieved September 4th, 2011
  8. ^ a b Reginald Cleveland (May 31, 1939). "Roberts, 1938 Victor, Dies in Triple Crash as Shaw Takes Indianapolis Race. Just After Accident At Indianapolis And Finish Of The Race". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-08. "Death in the afternoon struck at the twenty-seventh running of the 500 mile Speedway race today as Wilbur Shaw of Indianapolis, who won in 1938 ... Floyd Roberts, last year's popular victor, died in the Methodist Hospital ...." 
  9. ^ Mauri Rose wins 500-mile race, $25,800 check by Ed Sainsbury, United Press, as printed in the Middlesboro Daily News, May 31, 1947. Retrieved from Google News September 2nd, 2011
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  11. ^ Yates, Brock (2005). Against Death and Time: One Fatal Season in Racing's Glory Years. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-1-56025-770-7. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  12. ^ HEAT KILLS DRIVER; Scarborough Dies After Vukovich Auto Takes Indianapolis 500, by Frank Blunk New York Times, May 31st, 1953, page S1.
  13. ^ Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500 by Donald Davidson and Rick Schaffer, published by Crash Media Group, December 1, 2006. Page 134. Retrieved from Google Books, October 21st, 2012
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  15. ^ Dr. Stephen Olvey, "Rapid Response", 2006, page 35
  16. ^ a b "INDIANAPOLIS TRACK AUTO ACCIDENTS ARE FATAL TO 2 PERSONS". The Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. May 29, 1937. 
  17. ^ Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  18. ^ Death of Harry Martin at
  19. ^ a b The Hammond Times (Hammond, Indiana), "Spying on Sports" by William Ritt. May 29, 1934, Page 8.
  20. ^ Norristown Auto Racer Killed at Indianapolis United Press, as reported by the The Pittsburgh Press, May 21, 1935. Retrieved on September 4th, 2011 from Google News.
  21. ^ Three lose lives on auto speedway Associated Press, May 22, 1935.
  22. ^ "Race Driver Killed in Trial". The Milwaukee Journal. 7 May 1940. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
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  24. ^ Ominous Calm Settles Over Speedway After Hepburn Dies In TrialsInternational News Service, May 17, 1948.
  25. ^ "Manny Ayulo". Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  26. ^ Bob Cortner dies after Auto Wreck Associated Press as reported in The News and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, May 20, 1959
  27. ^ Second 500 Death Baffles Officials United Press International as reported in the Pittsburgh Press, May 20th, 1959
  28. ^ Bob Cortner Dies of Head Injuries Suffered in Indianapolis Practice Run by Dale Burgess, Associated Press, as reported in the Youngstown Vindicator, May 20th, 1959
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  30. ^ 1972 Indianapolis 500 Press Information - '500' Daily Track Summary
  31. ^ 1973 Indianapolis 500 Daily Trackside Report for the Media
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  33. ^ a b c d "INDY POLE-SITTER DIES : FLAT TIRE APPEARS TO BE CAUSE.". The Boston Globe (The Free Library). 1996. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
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  36. ^ "Racer Crashes, Kills Watcher. Others Hurt When Flaming Car Piles Into Crowd on Indianapolis Track". The Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. May 28, 1937. Retrieved 2012-10-09. "Speedway officials attributed the accident to the breaking of a crank shaft and the puncturing of the gas tank on a racer piloted by Overton Phillips of Los Angeles ..." 
  37. ^ "ENGINEER DIES FROM INJURIES". Spokane Weekly Chronicle. Associated Press. June 3, 1937. 
  38. ^ New York Times, "Roberts Sets Record to Win Indianapolis Auto Classic; Spectator Is Killed", May 31, 1938, page 24.
  39. ^ Grandstand Collapse at the 1960 Indianapolis 500
  40. ^ Truck Kills '500' Guard
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