Bruce Jacobi

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Bruce Jacobi
Born Harold Bruce Jacobi
(1935-06-23)June 23, 1935
Salem, Indiana, U.S.
Died February 4, 1987(1987-02-04) (aged 51)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Cause of death Head injuries from racing accident
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
20 races run over 6 years
First race 1975 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 1981 Mountain Dew 500 (Pocono)
Wins Top tens Poles
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Harold Bruce Jacobi (June 23, 1935 – February 4, 1987) is a former NASCAR driver. In 1987, Jacobi, 51, died of head injuries from a crash during a race at the Daytona International Speedway in 1983. He had 37 USAC Champ Car starts between 1960 and 1970, with a best finish of fourth at Springfield in 1970. Jacobi also completed rookie refresher testing in preparation for the 1967 Indianapolis 500, but did not attempt to qualify.[1]

Daytona crash[edit]

Jacobi came to 1983 Speedweeks without a ride but picked one up with a smaller independent team by the time of the UNO Twin 125 Qualifiers.[2] During the first qualifying race,[2] he lost control of his #05 Pontiac at the exit of Turn 2 and flipped upon entering the grass infield, eventually coming to a stop near the inside dirt bank.[3]

Subsequent death[edit]

Jacobi suffered extensive head injuries from the crash and remained in a semicomatose state for almost four years before dying at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.[4][5]


  1. ^ 1967 Indianapolis 500 media guide
  2. ^ a b Accident footage posted on YouTube at
  3. ^ Long, Gary (February 18, 1983). "The ultimate penalty looms over the qualifying races". Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, Florida). 
  4. ^ "Race driver dies". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. February 6, 1987. 
  5. ^ Duskey, Gaylen (August 20, 2001). "Danger is always present for drivers". Turner Sports. Archived from the original on 2001-08-23. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 

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Preceded by
Ricky Knotts
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fatal accidents
1983 (died in 1987)
Succeeded by
Terry Schoonover