Jimmy Snyder (racing driver)

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Jimmy Snyder
Born James L. Snyder
(1909-03-10)March 10, 1909
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died June 29, 1939(1939-06-29) (aged 30)
Cahokia, Illinois, U.S.
Cause of death Race-related accident
Resting place Cedar Park Cemetery
Calumet Park, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American

James L. "Jimmy" Snyder (March 10, 1909 – June 29, 1939) was an American race car driver.

Snyder was part of the midget car "Chicago Gang" with Emil Andres, Tony Bettenhausen, Cowboy O'Rourke, Paul Russo, and Wally Zale.[1] They toured tracks in the Midwest and East Coast of the United States.

Snyder won the 1937 track championship at the Chicago Armory & Riverview.[2] He also set a new track record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for that season's Indianapolis 500.[2]

Snyder appeared in five Indianapolis 500 events. He won the pole for the 1939 Indianapolis 500, setting another new track record in the process. He finished second in the event.[2]


Snyder died of a race-related accident on June 29, 1939 in Cahokia, Illinois, at the age of 30, while racing in an appearance to help a midget car promoter.[2]

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