died Thursday night, Dec. 27., at a residence in Trotwood, OH. The cause of death, as of now, is unknown. On May 30, 1973, he survived a crash that no one thought could be survived. His life was changed forever
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posted by TrolleyOffTheTracks
on Dec 29, 2012 -
David Letterman, Indianapolis native, racing fan and Indy Car team co-owner,
sat down for an interview about the history of the Indianapolis 500, and its effect on him since childhood. No jokes, no snark, just a knowledgeable and passionate discussion about something he cares for tremendously. Parts one, two, three,
posted by MarvinTheCat
on May 29, 2012 -
The best driver never to win the Indy 500.
Despite winning in midgets, stock cars, and both the Sebring and Daytona road races, he will always be best known for the one race he didn't win - despite running in it for eighteen consecutive years. Though he would like to be remembered "just as old me. I enjoyed racing
," if you ask a Gurney, Andretti or Foyt and they'll tell you he's "a soft-spoken Texas lead foot with enormous natural talent." Race driving legend Lloyd Ruby passes away
at age 81 in his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas.
posted by quartzcity
on Mar 26, 2009 -
Automotive journalist, cartoonist
and architect Earl Ma passed away
this week after a three year battle with cancer. But you would never have known it from how he lived his life. Last month, he refused to let his partial paralysis keep him away from the Indianapolis 500 (though fellow Hawaiian Jim Nabors
was too ill to attend), and with the help of friends covered
the race from his wheelchair. His boundless energy, generosity and wide range of talents earned him many friends and admirers, and he is already greatly missed.
posted by Scram
on Jun 12, 2007 -