Stan Fox

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Stan Fox (July 7, 1952 in Janesville, Wisconsin – December 18, 2000, near Waiouru, New Zealand) was a United States open wheel race car driver. Fox was one of the last links between the midget car racing world and the Indianapolis 500.[1]

Midget car career[edit]

Fox began his career as a midget car racer. He won the 1979 Badger Midget championship, and the 1979 and 1980 Belleville Nationals. He placed in the top twelve in points in nine seasons, even after he raced sporadically after moving to United States Auto Club (USAC) open wheel events. He had 19 USAC career wins.[1] He won the Turkey Night Grand Prix in 1990 at the last event at Ascot Park. He won the 1991 Turkey Night Grand Prix, two Copper Classics, three Rex Easton Memorials at Springfield, Illinois, two Rodger Mauro Classics, and the midget car portion of the 4-Crown National at Eldora Speedway.

IndyCar career[edit]

Fox competed in the Indianapolis 500 eight times between 1987 and 1995 driving for A.J. Foyt and Ron Hemelgarn. He was also a motorcycle racing enthusiast.

Nearly fatal crash at Indianapolis[edit]

While driving for Ron Hemelgarn, Fox was seriously injured during the 1995 Indianapolis 500 in one of the most horrifying accidents in the history of the race. After starting ninth, Fox went low into the first turn on the first lap of the race and spun. His car connected with the car of Eddie Cheever, Jr. and several other cars were involved in the wreck. The entire front nose cone was ripped from his car leaving the pilot's legs exposed. Fox suffered serious head injuries.

The accident ended Fox's racing career but he continued to stay involved with the sport. He started the non-profit organization Friends of the Fox which supports people with head injuries and brings them to the track each May to meet the drivers and get VIP treatment. Fox never gave up his dream of driving a race car again.

Death[edit]

Unfortunately, Fox would not survive another brush with death: on 19 December 2000 on the Desert Road some 200 miles (320 km) south of Auckland, New Zealand, Fox's van collided head on with a car, killing him. He was 48 years old.

Career award[edit]

Racing record[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1984 Pabst Racing United States
LBH
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
POR
Ret
United States
MEA
DNQ
United States
CLE
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
ROA
DNQ
United States
POC
Ret
United States
MDO
DNQ
Canada
SAN
Ret
United States
MIS2
DNQ
United States
PHX2
DNQ
United States
LS
DNQ
United States
CEA
NC 0
1987 A.J. Foyt Enterprises United States
LBH
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
7
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
MEA
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
POC
United States
ROA
United States
MDO
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
United States
MIA
32nd 6
1988 A.J. Foyt Enterprises United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MEA
United States
MIS
United States
POC
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
United States
MIA
48th 0
1989 A.J. Foyt Enterprises United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
United States
MEA
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
POC
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
NC -
1990 Kent Baker Racing United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
United States
MEA
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
DEN
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
46th 0
1991 Hemelgarn Racing Australia
SRF
United States
LBH
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
8
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
United States
MEA
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
DEN
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
24th 5
1992 Hemelgarn Racing Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
MIL
United States
NHM
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
CLE
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
59th 0
1993 Hemelgarn Racing Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
NHM
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
54th 0
1994 Hemelgarn Racing Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
37th 0
1995 Hemelgarn Racing United States
MIA
Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
NAZ
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
ROA
Canada
TOR
United States
CLE
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
46th 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1984 March 83C Ford Cosworth DFX Practice Crash Pabst Racing
1987 March 86C Ford Cosworth DFX 26 7 A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1988 March 86C Chevrolet V6 29 30 A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1989 March 86C Chevrolet V6 DNQ A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1990 Lola T87/00 Buick 27 33 Kent Baker Racing
1991 Lola T91/00 Buick 17 8 Hemelgarn Racing
1992 Lola T91/00 Buick 13 27 Hemelgarn Racing
1993 Lola T91/00 Buick 20 31 Hemelgarn Racing
1994 Reynard 94I Ford XB 13 13 Hemelgarn Racing
1995 Reynard 95I Ford XB 11 30 Hemelgarn Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame

External links[edit]

  • [1] 1995 Indy 500 Crash Photos
  • [2] 1995 Indy 500 Crash Photos
  • [3] 1995 Indy 500 Crash Photos
  • [4] Picture of Stan Fox