Bill Schindler

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Bill Schindler
Born (1909-03-06)March 6, 1909
Died September 20, 1952(1952-09-20) (aged 43)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 19501952
Teams Snowberger, Kurtis Kraft, Stevens
Entries 3
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1950 Indianapolis 500
Last entry 1952 Indianapolis 500

Bill Schindler (6 March 1909 Middletown, New York – September 20, 1952) was an American racecar driver.

He began racing in 1931 in a sprint car.[1] He was racing midget cars on the East Coast of the United States at their introduction in 1934.[2] Schindler lost his left leg from above the knee while racing in a Champ car race in 1936 at Mineola, L.I.[1][2] He is one of three drivers to have participated in the Indianapolis 500 with a prosthetic leg.[3]

Schindler was part of a group determined to keep the AAA out of the East Coast in 1937. He was elected president of the "outlaw" group. Schindler briefly switched to the AAA in 1940, and won the Bronx Coliseum Indoor championship. He returned to his “outlaw” past when he was named the president of the newly formed American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC).[1][2] He served as president for the club's first six years.[1] Schindler won ARDC championships in 1940, 1945, 1946 and 1948.[2] In both 1947 and 1948 he won 53 midget car feature races.[1]

Schindler joined the AAA so he could race in the Indianapolis 500 in 1950, 1951, and 1952.[2]

Schindler died in a sprint car racing crash in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1952. Schindler was leading the race on the third lap when a car driven by Paul Becker lost a wheel and skidded into the fence. He did not see the "go slow" sign that was immediately waved after Becker's crash and his black Offenhauser hit the wheel, crashed through the fence and tumbled down a 20-foot embankment. He was killed instantly.[4]

Career awards[edit]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1950 67 22 132.690 4 26 111 0 Universal joint
1951 10 16 134.033 11 13 129 0 Rod
1952 7 15 134.988 20 14 200 0 Running
Totals 440 0
Starts 3
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 0
Top 10 0
Retired 2

World Championship career summary[edit]

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Bill Schindler participated in 3 World Championship races, but scored no World Championship points.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Biography Archived October 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. at the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame, Retrieved October 2, 2007
  2. ^ a b c d e f Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  3. ^ "The Talk of Gasoline Alley", WIBC, May 13, 2003
  4. ^ Associated Press (1952). "Bill Shindler Killed at Allentown". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 1952. Vet driver hits wheel on track  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)