Lee Frayer

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Lee Frayer
Born (1874-10-02)October 2, 1874
La Grange, Missouri
Died July 25, 1938(1938-07-25) (aged 63)
Columbus, Ohio
Known for 1911 Indianapolis 500

Lee Frayer (October 2, 1874 – July 25, 1938) was an American racecar driver who competed in the 1911 Indianapolis 500. Driving a Firestone-Columbus automobile, Frayer won a 100-mile race in Columbus, Ohio, defeating, among others, the great Barney Oldfield.

He was born in La Grange, Missouri. His car participated in the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup with Frank Lawell driving.[1]

He participated in the 1911 Indianapolis 500 where he was injured.[2] His relief driver was future World War I hero Eddie Rickenbacker.

Frayer died at Robinson Memorial Hospital, Ravenna, Ohio on July 25, 1938 following an operation for appendicitis. He was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna, Ohio.[3]


  1. ^ "Lee Frayer and His Car First In Training Quarters". New York Times. September 5, 1906. Retrieved 2012-10-06. Lee Frayer's Vanderbilt racing car, which arrived on the Vanderbilt Cup course Monday morning, was taken out yesterday afternoon by Lee Frayer, who came on ... 
  2. ^ "Two Were Hurt". The Gazette Times. September 4, 1911. Retrieved 2012-10-06. The injured were Lee Frayer, driver of the Red Firestone-Columbus car, and Ben Lawwell of Columbus, substitute mechanician in a Buick, driven at the time ... 
  3. ^ "Rites Held for Lee Frayer, Ravenna Motor Car Inventor," The Evening Record and Daily Courier-Tribune, Ravenna, OH July 28, 1938.

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