Floyd Roberts

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Floyd Roberts
Born Floyd Marion Roberts
(1900-02-12)February 12, 1900
Jamestown, North Dakota
Died May 30, 1939(1939-05-30) (aged 39)
Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
Cause of death
Car crash

Floyd Marion Roberts (February 12, 1900 - May 30, 1939) is a former Championship Car racing driver from Jamestown, North Dakota. He won the 1938 Indianapolis 500 with a record speed of 117.2 mph (188.6 km/h). He led for 92 laps. The following year, 1939, driving the same car, he was killed in a crash on the backstretch after hitting a wooden fence at 100 mph (160 km/h). Roberts was the first former winner and defending champion of the race to have been killed while competing. According to reports, Roberts intended to retire following the race.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was born on February 12, 1900 in Jamestown, North Dakota.

At the 1939 Indianapolis 500 Roberts was on lap 106,[2] when the car driven by Ralph Hepburn lost control and went sideways. Roberts' car contacted Hepburn's causing Hepburn's car to flip over and catch fire ejecting Hepburn, and Roberts' car went through the outer wall and went headfirst into a tree. Chet Miller's car went into the debris field, flipped, and went into the inner wall. Two spectators were also injured by flying debris. The three drivers were taken to hospitals, while it took over 30 minutes to clear the burning wreck of Hepburn's car from the track. Roberts' death due to brain injuries at Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis was announced before the race was completed.[3]

Indy 500 results[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (May 31st, 1939) "Shaw is winner at Indianapolis" (retrieved 6/11/2007 from archive of Moberly Monitor-Index)
  2. ^ http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/indy500/history/stats/results/?year=1939)
  3. ^ Reginald Cleveland (May 31, 1939). "Roberts, 1938 Victor, Dies in Triple Crash as Shaw Takes Indianapolis Race. Just After Accident At Indianapolis And Finish Of The Race". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-08. "Death in the afternoon struck at the twenty-seventh running of the 500 mile Speedway race today as Wilbur Shaw of Indianapolis, who won in 1938 ... Floyd Roberts, last year's popular victor, died in the Methodist Hospital ...." 
Preceded by
Wilbur Shaw
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1938
Succeeded by
Wilbur Shaw