Dave Steele

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Dave Steele
Born (1974-05-07)May 7, 1974
Tampa, Florida
Died March 25, 2017(2017-03-25) (aged 42)
Bradenton, Florida
Cause of death Racecar crash
Occupation Racecar driver

David (Dave) Steele (May 7, 1974 – March 25, 2017) was an American professional racing driver who won numerous sprint car racing championships and also competed in IndyCar and NASCAR races. Steele last drove a winged sprint car in the Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series, where he won the first 5 races in series history. Steele was killed in a crash at Desoto Speedway on March 25, 2017.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Sprint Cars, Midgets, and Silver Crown[edit]

He claimed 60 wins in USAC sprint car (26), midget (18), and Silver Crown (16) races between 1996 and 2007.[2]

He won the 2001 and 2003 Turkey Night Grand Prix midget car race. [3][4] Other notable Turkey Night winners include A. J. Foyt, Tony Stewart, and Billy Boat.

He claimed the USAC Silver Crown Series championship in 2004 and 2005, putting him in the company of drivers such as Mario Andretti, A. J. Foyt, Al Unser, Jeff Gordon, and Tony Stewart.[5]

He was also a two-time winner of the prestigious Little 500, held annually at Anderson Speedway. Throughout his sixteen starts starts in that race, he was a five-time pole-sitter and finished in the top 5 ten times.

IndyCar and NASCAR[edit]

Steele attempted to make his Indy Racing League IndyCar Series debut in 1996 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for ABF Motorsports but failed to qualify. He made his first start in 1998 at Phoenix International Raceway, the second race of the season, driving for RSM Marko, then drove in the final two races of the year for Panther Racing. He failed to finish all three races. He was entered in a Panther car for the 1999 Indianapolis 500 but crashed in practice.[6]

Steele drove in the first two races of the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series for Felix Sabates. After finishes of 23rd and 34th he failed to qualify for the next three races and Steele and the team parted ways.[7]

Steele also competed in four ARCA Racing Series races in 1999 and 2000 and two Infiniti Pro Series races (one each in 2002 and 2003). In 2002, Steele raced for Bowes Seal Fast Racing at Michigan finishing eighth in the Infiniti Pro Series.

Death[edit]

Steele was killed in a racing accident during a Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series race at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida, on March 25, 2017. His car's front wheel struck and overrode the rear wheel of another car during the event, sending him into the wall; he was pronounced dead at the scene.[8]

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Indy Racing League[edit]

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1999 G-Force Oldsmobile DNQ Panther Racing

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Busch Series[edit]

ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Steele Killed In Sprint Car Crash". Speed Sport. March 25, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Dave Steele Ready for Orlando, Motorsport.com, January 18, 1999, Retrieved 2011-12-30
  3. ^ Solorzano, Tony. Steele Puts a Stop to Kahne's Plan; Auto racing: Upset victory in Turkey Night Grand Prix prevents last year's runner-up from following in Stewart's footsteps at Irwindale Speedway., Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2001, Retrieved 2011-12-30
  4. ^ Paternie, Patrick C. FAST CAT IN THE HAT; Dave Steele wins the 2003 Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix, AutoWeek, December 8, 2003, Retrieved 2011-12-30
  5. ^ Hoffman Racing names Steele, Coons for 2007, Motorsport.com, December 19, 2007, Retrieved 2011-12-30
  6. ^ David Steele, Champ Car Stats, Retrieved 2011-12-30
  7. ^ Dave Steele, Racing Reference, Retrieved 2011-12-30
  8. ^ Ayello, Jim (March 26, 2017). "Sprint car driver David Steele killed in Florida speedway crash". Indianapolis Star. Archived from the original on 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  9. ^ "Dave Steele – 1999 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Dave Steele – 2000 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Dave Steele – 1999 ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Dave Steele – 2000 ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 6, 2017.