Andy Linden (racing driver)

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Andy Linden
Born(1922-04-05)April 5, 1922
DiedFebruary 11, 1987(1987-02-11) (aged 64)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19501957
TeamsSherman, Kurtis Kraft, Bromme, Stevens, Schroeder, Nichels
Entries8 (7 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points5
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1957 Indianapolis 500

Andrew Logan "Andy" Linden (April 5, 1922 – February 11, 1987) was an American racecar driver.

Early life and military service[edit]

Linden was born on April 5, 1922 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. He served in the United States Navy and the National Guard.[1][2]

Career[edit]

He raced with great success until a 1957 crash caused a piece of metal to break his helmet, causing career ending brain damage.[3][4] He is also technically a former Formula One World Championship driver, as the Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960, meaning that drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Linden thus participated in 7 World Championship races, accumulating a total of 5 championship points.

He died in Harbor City, California on February 11, 1987 and is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood.[5]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1951 57 31 132.226 26 4 200 0 Running
1952 9 2 137.002 4 33 20 0 Oil leak
1953 32 5 136.060 19 33 3 0 Crash T3
1954 74 23 137.820 28 25 165 0 Torsion bar
1955 19 8 139.098 22 6 200 0 Running
1956 5 9 143.056 11 27 90 0 Oil leak
1957 73 12 143.244 5 5 200 0 Running
Totals 878 0
Starts 7
Poles 0
Front Row 1
Wins 0
Top 5 2
Top 10 3
Retired 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Death Notices: Linden, Andy L.", Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, February 12, 1987, Part II (Metro Section), page 4. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Who's Who of Racing Will Gun Midgets Here Sunday", The Terre Haute Star, Terre Haute, Indiana, volume 108, number 213, October 5, 1957, page 10. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Where Are They Now? – Andy Linden
  4. ^ "Andy Linden Critically Injured In Auto Race", Messenger and Inquirer, Owensboro, Kentucky, number 309, November 5, 1957, page 14. (subscription required)
  5. ^ State of California Death Certificate
Records
Preceded by Youngest driver to score
points in Formula One

29 years, 54 days
(1951 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by