Thursday, August 19, 2010

Eddie Sachs -- from my early memories of the INDY 500

Known as the clown prince of auto racing, Eddie Sachs looms large in my memories from childhood. At the very time I began to take interest in the INDY 500, Eddie was at his best, although he never won an INDY race. He did come close, finishing 2nd in 1961, 3rd in 1962, and on the pole in 1960 and 1961. He is best remembered for being involved in a fatal accident in 1964 that also killed Dave MacDonald. The late 1950s and early 1960s was perhaps the last era during which racing at the Brickyard was so dangerous, and at times fatal for the unlucky few. Thanks, Eddie, for all that you did!

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