|Born||Richard A. Baldwin
June 10, 1955
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
|Died||June 12, 1997
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Cause of death||Head injuries from racing accident|
Richard A. Baldwin (10 June 1955 - 12 June 1997) was an American racing driver who competed on the NASCAR circuit. He ran a few races each season during 1983-85 running his self-owned Dodge Mirada and Chrysler Imperial.
On June 14, 1986, Baldwin was substituting for the injured Buddy Arrington at the Miller American 400 at Michigan International Speedway, part of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. During qualifying, Baldwin spun and hit the wall, driver's side first, between turns one and two. The protective window netting may have failed to prevent his head from striking the wall during the impact, resulting in massive head injuries.
In January 1992, a suit filed by Baldwin's wife Deborah, claiming the window net had allowed her husband's head to strike the wall, was decided in favor of NASCAR, which was cleared of negligence by a 12-person state district court jury.
After eleven years in a coma, Baldwin died two days after his 42nd birthday in 1997. The fatality was the first driver death in the history of Michigan International Speedway. Baldwin was survived by his wife and children, and his mother and father.
- Motorsport Memorial
- Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal article on Baldwin and his family's situation published in February 1988
- The News-Journal article on Baldwin and his family's situation published in February 1989
- Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal article on Baldwin and his family's situation published in February 1993
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fatalities
1986 (died in 1997)
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