Ronnie Duman

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Ronald B. Duman (February 12, 1929 – June 9, 1968), was an American racecar driver.

Born in Dearborn, Michigan, Duman died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during a fatal crash in the Rex Mays 150 at the Milwaukee Mile. He drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1961-1968 seasons, with 63 career starts, including the 1964-1968 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 27 times, with his best finish in 3rd in 1965 at Phoenix.

In the 1964 500 he was involved in the fiery crash that took the lives of David MacDonald and Eddie Sachs. Duman ducked to the inside to miss both Sachs & MacDonald. However the Novi of Bobby Unser knocked Ronnie around and he hit the inside wall erupting the tail tank in a near clear alcohol fire. Duman was hospitalized and missed about 2 1/2 months of racing while he recovered.[1]

Only Championship Car driver to driver a front-engine upright 'dirt-style' car on a road course track (USAC Championship Car race 1965) and a rear-engine car in a USAC championship dirt car race (1966).

He was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.[2] He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.[3]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1961 Kurtis Kraft Offy Failed to Qualify
1962 Elder Offy Failed to Qualify
1963 Trevis Offy Practice Crash
1964 Trevis Offy 16th 31st
1965 Gerhardt Offy 25th 22nd
1966 Eisert Ford 33rd 33rd
1967 Shrike Offy 17th 23rd
1968 Brabham Offy 26th 6th


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