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 Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Memorial Site, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States


Notes:
There have been 66 lives lost at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This figure includes 39 drivers, 14 riding mechanics, 4 associated racing personnel, 8 spectators and 1 miscellaneous. 1909- Driver Wilfrid "Billy" Bourque, mechanic Harry Holcomb in a 250 mile race on August 19. Mechanics Claude Kellum, and spectators Homer H. Joliff and James West during a 300 mile race on August 21. 1910-Driver Tommy Kincaid, on July 6, testing a stock car. 1911-Mechanic Sam Dickson, Turn 2, riding with Arthur Greiner. 1913-Driver Harry Martin, on June 26, testing a stock car. 1919-Driver Arthur Thurman, Turn 3, Driver Louis LeCocq, mechanic Robert Bandini, South Chute 1923-Spectator Bert Schoup, hit by Tom Alley's car in crash on the Back Stretch 1926-Driver Herbert Jones, during a qualification run 1929-Driver Bill Spence, Turn 2 1930-Mechanic Paul Marshall, Turn 3 1931-Driver Joe Caccia, mechanic Clarence Glover, Turn 2, in practice. Wilbur Brink, killed by a wheel off Billy Arnold's car, that flew out of the track and struck him as he sat in his yard, 2316 Georgetown Road, across from Turn 4. 1932-Driver Milton Jones, Turn 2, in practice. Mechanic Harry Cox, Turn 2, in practice, riding with driver Bennie Benefiel. 1933-Driver Bill Denver(real name: William Orem), mechanics Hugh "Bob" Hurst, Turn 4, during qualification attempt. Driver Mark Billman, Turn 2. Driver Lester Spangler, mechanic G.L. Jordan, Turn 1. 1934-Driver Peter Kreis, mechanic Bob Hahn, Turn 1, in practice. 1935-Driver Johnny Hannon, Turn 3, in practice. Driver H.W. "Stubby" Stubblefield, mechanic Leo Whitaker, Turn 1, during a qualification run. Driver Clay Weatherly, Turn 4. 1937-Mechanic Albert Opalko, Turn 1, riding with Frank McGurk, in practice. Fireman George Warford, Champion Spark Plug chief engineer Otto Rhode, when struck by Overton Phillips' car, which crashed into the pits. 1938-Spectator Everett Spence, Turn 2, when struck by wheel off Emil Andres' car. 1939-Driver Floyd Roberts, Turn 2. Mechanic Lawson Harris, riding with Babe Stapp, Turn 1, during tire test, September 20. 1940-Driver George Bailey, Turn 2, in practice. 1947-Driver Shortly Cantlon, Turn 1. 1948-Driver Ralph Hepburn, North Chute, in practice. 1949-Driver George Metzler, Turn 1, during last phase of rookie driver qualification test. 1953-Driver Chet Miller, Turn 1, in practice. Diver Carl Scarborough, heat stroke. 1955-Driver Manuel Ayulo, Turn 1, in practice. Driver Bill Vukovich, Sr., outside Back Stretch. 1957-Driver Keith Andrews, Turn 4, in practice. 1958-Driver Pat O'Connor, Turn 3. 1959-Driver Jerry Unser, Turn 4, in practice, died of burn injuries 15 days later. Driver Bob Cortner, Turn 3, in practice. 1960-Spectators Fred Linder and William Craig, killed as a homemade scaffold collapsed inside Turn 3. 1961-Driver Melvin "Tony" Bettenhausen, Main Stretch, in practice. Fireman John Masariu, hit by fire truck responding to accident. 1964-Driver Dave MacDonald, Driver Eddie Sachs, in crash at head of Main Stretch 1966-Driver Chuck Rodee, Turn 1, in practice. 1968-Driver Mike Spence, Turn 1, in practice. 1972-Driver Jim Malloy, Turn 3, in practice, died 4 days latter. 1973-Driver Art Pollard, Turn 1, in practice. Driver Swede Savage, Turn 4, died of injuries on July 2. Crew member Armando Teran, killed in pit area when hit by fire truck racing to Savage's accident. 1982-Driver Gordon Smiley, Turn 3, during qualification run. 1987-Spectator Lyle Kurtenbach, struck by wheel off Tony Bettenhausen Jr.'s car, that was propelled into North Chute stands by Roberto Guerrero's car. 1991-Stephen C. White, struck van parked on Main Stretch while illegally driving on track 3 days after the race. 1992-Driver Jovy Marcelo, South Chute, in practice. 1996-Driver Scott Brayton, Turn 2, in practice. N.B. Death occurred during the running of the Indianapolis 500 unless otherwise indicated.


Cemetery Photos

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Chevrolet, Louis
Chevrolet, Louis
Louis Chevrolet - This monument has been established in honor of race car driver and automobile designer Louis Chevrolet. The monument features a large bust of Chevrolet and smaller plaques that feature his brother Gaston, who drove a car Louis designed to victory in the 1920 Indianapolis 500, Henry Ford, W.C. Durant, who made the Chevrolet an integral member of General Motors Corporation and Tommy Milton, who drove a car Louis designed to victory in the 1921 Indianapolis 500. Others depicted in the plaques include Carl Fisher, T.E. Myers, Barney Oldfield, E.V Rickenbacker. James Allison and Harvey Firestone. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

Cause of death: Medical complications following a leg amputation 
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Chevrolet, Louis
Chevrolet, Louis
Louis Chevrolet -
This monument has been established in honor of race car driver and automobile designer Louis Chevrolet. The monument features a large bust of Chevrolet and smaller plaques that feature his brother Gaston, who drove a car Louis designed to victory in the 1920 Indianapolis 500, Henry Ford, W.C. Durant, who made the Chevrolet an integral member of General Motors Corporation and Tommy Milton, who drove a car Louis designed to victory in the 1921 Indianapolis 500. Others depicted in the plaques include Carl Fisher, T.E. Myers, Barney Oldfield, E.V Rickenbacker. James Allison and Harvey Firestone. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) Cause of death: Medical complications following a leg amputation  
3
Chevrolet, Louis
Chevrolet, Louis
Louis Chevrolet - This monument has been established in honor of race car driver and automobile designer Louis Chevrolet. The monument features a large bust of Chevrolet and smaller plaques that feature his brother Gaston, who drove a car Louis designed to victory in the 1920 Indianapolis 500, Henry Ford, W.C. Durant, who made the Chevrolet an integral member of General Motors Corporation and Tommy Milton, who drove a car Louis designed to victory in the 1921 Indianapolis 500. Others depicted in the plaques include Carl Fisher, T.E. Myers, Barney Oldfield, E.V Rickenbacker. James Allison and Harvey Firestone. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) Cause of death: Medical complications following a leg amputation  
4
Earnhardt, Ralph Dale Sr
Earnhardt, Ralph Dale Sr
Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr - Auto Race Car Driver. A legend in the sport of race car driving, he was a 7-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. He was killed on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 race. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) Cause of death: Racing accident 
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Earnhardt, Ralph Dale Sr
Earnhardt, Ralph Dale Sr
Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr - Auto Race Car Driver. A legend in the sport of race car driving, he was a 7-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. He was killed on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 race. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

Cause of death: Racing accident 
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Harroun, Ray
Harroun, Ray
Ray Harroun - Commemorative banner displayed at the speedway. First displayed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2001, on the 90th anniversary of Harroun's victory in the first 500-mile Classic. Harroun retired as a race driver after his victory, thereby compiling a "perfect" record in Indianapolis 500 competition. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)  
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Hill, Graham
Hill, Graham
Graham Hill - This commemorative banner was displayed at the Indianapolis 500 in September 2001 on the occasion of the 2nd US Grand Prix held there. 
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Milton, Tommy
Milton, Tommy
Tommy Milton - posthumously inducted into the Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 
9
Parsons, Johnnie
Parsons, Johnnie
Johnnie Parsons 
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Rose, Mauri
Rose, Mauri
Mauri Rose 
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Shaw, Wilbur
Shaw, Wilbur
Wilbur Shaw  
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Vukovich, Bill
Vukovich, Bill
Bill Vukovich 

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