The following is a list of 73 individuals killed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 42 drivers, one motorcyclist, 13 riding mechanics, and 17 others including a pit crew member, track personnel, and spectators. All fatalities are related to Championship Car races at the speedway unless otherwise noted.
How many drivers have died during the Indy 500?
In the history of the famous Brickyard, 73 people have died because of racing since 1909, including drivers, mechanics, and spectators. The latest spectator incident happened in 1987 when a tire went airborne into the grandstands and killed a 41-year-old man from Wisconsin.
When was the last time someone died at the Indy 500?
The last IndyCar driver to die from an on-track incident was Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon, who was killed in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas after his head hit a post in the fence when his car went airborne.
How many spectators are in the Indianapolis 500?
The Indy 500 will move forward with 135,000 fans in attendance, which will be the largest crowd for a single event during the coronavirus pandemic. That 135,000 number represents about 40 percent of the venue’s capacity.
Who died in Indy 500?
By Paul Kelly | Published: May 3, 2021. Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, one of the most colorful, outspoken and popular drivers in the history of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” died Sunday, May 2 at his New Mexico home.
Who refused the milk at the Indy 500?
Who drank orange juice at the Indy 500? The tradition of drinking milk was almost ended in 1993 by Emerson Fittipaldi. Following Fittipaldi’s victory, he broke tradition by chugging a bottle of orange juice as several fans booed.
Why do they drink milk at Indy 500?
It’s largely thanks to Louis Meyer back in the 1930s. Via Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Louis Meyer regularly drank buttermilk to refresh himself on a hot day and happened to drink some in Victory Lane as a matter of habit after winning the 1936 race.
What actually killed Dan Wheldon?
October 16, 2011
Who was the last driver to die in a Nascar race?
The NASCAR Cup Series has seen 28 driver fatalities, the most recent of which occurred in February 2001 when Dale Earnhardt was killed during the Daytona 500.
Do Indy cars have built in jacks?
IndyCars have onboard jacking systems operated from a single conical fitting at the rear of the car. To raise the car, a pneumatic hose attaches to that fitting and the car is raised in air.
How fast do Indy 500 cars go?
It’s not only the most famous race in America, but is the most celebrated around the world. The Indy 500 was first run in 1911. The distance around one lap of the Indianapolis course is two and one-half miles per lap. It takes a driver forty seconds to negotiate one full lap at a speed of exactly 225 miles per hour.
Can you attend the Indy 500?
Fans will be allowed to attend all days where cars are on-track during May at IMS. Those attending the road course race will have reserved seating, and all days will be limited to the same race day capacity limits, though those have traditionally not been reached.
Will 2021 Indy 500 have fans?
From 2020 to 2021, the Indy 500 has gone from zero fans to 135,000. Although the latter is just about 40% of the track’s unofficial capacity, it’s still a huge number — and lets Indianapolis Motor Speedway hold what is likely the highest-attended sporting event in the U.S. since the onset of the pandemic.
Why do they kiss the bricks at Indy?
The tradition of “kissing the bricks” was started by NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett. After his Brickyard 400 victory in 1996, Jarrett and crew chief Todd Parrott decided to walk out to the start-finish line, kneel and kiss the Yard of Bricks to pay tribute to the fabled history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
What race car driver just died?
“The family of Eric Wayne McClure, former NASCAR driver, announces with great sorrow his passing on Sunday,” his family said in a statement. “They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this very difficult time.” McClure’s career was cut short by health issues.
How often do race car drivers die?
The number of racing deaths annually appears to have dropped in recent years from an average of more than 20 to about 15 over the past five full years. There were at least 40 deaths in 2001 alone when the Observer began its study.