Art Pollard

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Art Pollard

Art Pollard (May 5, 1927 – May 12, 1973), was an American racecar driver.

Born in Dragon, Utah, Pollard died in Indianapolis, Indiana, as a result of injuries sustained in practice for the 1973 Indianapolis 500. The car clipped the wall coming out of turn one and did a half-spin as it headed to the grass on the inside of the short chute. The chassis dug into the grass and flipped upside-down, slid a short distance and then flipped back over as it reached the pavement again in turn two, finally coming to a stop in the middle of the track. The total distance covered was 1,450 feet (440 m). The car was demolished. The impact tore off two wheels immediately, and the wings were also torn off during the slide. Pollard's lap prior to the crash was timed at a speed of 192+ mph. Pollard was rushed to Methodist Hospital in the new Cardiac ambulance. His injuries were reported to include pulmonary damage due to flame inhalation, burns on both hands, face and neck, and a broken arm. He drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1965–1973 seasons, with 84 career starts, including the 1967–1971 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 30 times, with 2 victories, both in 1969, at Milwaukee and Dover. He had just turned 46 one week before he died.

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1967 16 13 163.897 15 8 195 0 Flagged
1968 20 11 166.297 11 13 188 0 Fuel Shaft
1969 40 12 167.123 12 31 7 0 Drive Line
1970 10 6 168.595 7 30 28 0 Piston
1971 99 32 169.499 31 22 77 0 Valve
1972 40   Withdrew due to injury
1973   Practice crash, fatal
Totals 495 0
Starts 5
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 0
Top 10 1
Retired 4

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