Stan Fox

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Stan Fox (July 7, 1952 in Janesville, Wisconsin – December 18, 2000, near Waiouru, New Zealand) was a United States open wheel race car driver. Fox was one of the last links between the midget car racing world and the Indianapolis 500.[1]

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Midget car career

Fox began his career as a midget car racer. He won the 1979 Badger Midget championship, and the 1979 and 1980 Belleville Nationals. He placed in the top twelve in points in nine seasons, even after he raced sporadically after moving to United States Auto Club (USAC) open wheel events. He had 19 USAC career wins.[1] He won the Turkey Night Grand Prix in 1990 at the last event at Ascot Park. He won the 1991 Turkey Night Grand Prix, two Copper Classics, three Rex Easton Memorials at Springfield, Illinois, two Rodger Mauro Classics, and the midget car portion of the 4-Crown National at Eldora Speedway.

IndyCar career

Fox competed in the Indianapolis 500 eight times between 1987 and 1995 driving for A.J. Foyt and Ron Hemelgarn. He was also a motorcycle racing enthusiast.

Nearly fatal crash at Indianapolis

While driving for Ron Hemelgarn, Fox was seriously injured during the 1995 Indianapolis 500 in one of the most horrifying accidents in the history of the race. After starting ninth, Fox went low into the first turn on the first lap of the race and spun. His car connected with the car of Eddie Cheever, Jr. and several other cars were involved in the wreck. The entire front nose cone was ripped from his car leaving the pilot's legs exposed. Fox suffered serious head injuries.

The accident ended Fox's racing career but he continued to stay involved with the sport. He started the non-profit organization Friends of the Fox which supports people with head injuries and brings them to the track each May to meet the drivers and get VIP treatment. Fox never gave up his dream of driving a race car again.

Death

Unfortunately, Fox would not survive another brush with death: on 19 December 2000 on the Desert Road some 200 miles (320 km) south of Auckland, New Zealand, Fox's van collided head on with a car, killing him. He was 48 years old.

Career award

Racing record

American open–wheel racing results

(key)

CART

YearTeam1234567891011121314151617RankPoints
1984Pabst RacingUnited States
LBH
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
POR
Ret
United States
MEA
DNQ
United States
CLE
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
ROA
DNQ
United States
POC
Ret
United States
MDO
DNQ
Canada
SAN
Ret
United States
MIS2
DNQ
United States
PHX2
DNQ
United States
LS
DNQ
United States
CEA
NC0
1987A.J. Foyt EnterprisesUnited States
LBH
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
7
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
MEA
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
POC
United States
ROA
United States
MDO
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
United States
MIA
32nd6
1988A.J. Foyt EnterprisesUnited States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MEA
United States
MIS
United States
POC
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
United States
MIA
48th0
1989A.J. Foyt EnterprisesUnited States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
United States
MEA
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
POC
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
NC-
1990Kent Baker RacingUnited States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
United States
MEA
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
DEN
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
46th0
1991Hemelgarn RacingAustralia
SRF
United States
LBH
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
8
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
United States
MEA
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
DEN
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
24th5
1992Hemelgarn RacingAustralia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
MIL
United States
NHM
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
CLE
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
59th0
1993Hemelgarn RacingAustralia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
NHM
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
54th0
1994Hemelgarn RacingAustralia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
37th0
1995Hemelgarn RacingUnited States
MIA
Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
NAZ
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
ROA
Canada
TOR
United States
CLE
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
46th0

Indianapolis 500

YearChassisEngineStartFinishTeam
1984March 83CFord Cosworth DFXPractice CrashPabst Racing
1987March 86CFord Cosworth DFX267A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1988March 86CChevrolet V62930A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1989March 86CChevrolet V6DNQA.J. Foyt Enterprises
1990Lola T87/00Buick2733Kent Baker Racing
1991Lola T91/00Buick178Hemelgarn Racing
1992Lola T91/00Buick1327Hemelgarn Racing
1993Lola T91/00Buick2031Hemelgarn Racing
1994Reynard 94IFord XB1313Hemelgarn Racing
1995Reynard 95IFord XB1130Hemelgarn Racing

References

  1. ^ a b c Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame

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