Arnie Knepper

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Arnold A. "Arnie" Knepper (October 10, 1930 - June 6, 1992), was an American racecar driver.

Born in Belleville, Illinois, Knepper also died there as from cancer. He drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1963-1972 seasons, with 75 career starts, including the 1965-1969 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 21 times, with his best finish in 3rd position twice in 1966. Knepper earned a small place in Indianapolis lore when he crashed on the 87th lap of the 1969 Indianapolis 500, and instead of making the typical dash to trackside safety, stood up on his car and, facing 180-mph oncoming traffic, frantically waved his arms to warn oncoming drivers of the danger.

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1965 Kurtis Kraft Offy 19th 18th
1966 Cecil Ford 26th 29th
1967 Cecil Ford 18th 22nd
1968 Vollstedt Offy 32nd 25th
1969 Cecil Ford 21st 22nd
1970 Gerhardt Offy Failed to qualify
1971 Cecil Ford Failed to qualify
1972 Eagle Offy Failed to qualify

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