historicracing

Born on this day (23rd - April)

1851 - 1898


Wilhelm Werner

1874 - 1947


Bob Burman

1884 - 1916


1932


Dick Atkins

1936 - 1966


Larry Rice

1946 - 2009


Mike Smith

1955 - 2014


Mike Ciochetti

1959


Pierluigi Martini

1961


Chris Kneifel

1961


Paul Belmondo

1963


Parnelli Jones Jr

1969


Thiago Marques

1980



Died on this day (23rd - April)

1892 - 1948


1912 - 1950


Dempsey Wilson

1927 - 1971


Alfred Ethelbert Moss

1896 - 1972



Quinn Epperly
UNITED STATES

Born
3 / 3 / 1913
Died
7 / 1 / 2001
Epperly came up with a radical approach in racing car design in the mid 1950's. Epperly's cars featured a lower frontal area because he placed the Offy four cylinder engine on its side rather than in the upright position as was the usual custom for the old Indy roadsters of that era. In 1957, cars built by Epperly finished first and second in the Indianapolis 500 as Sam Hanks beat Jim Rathmann. In 1958 Jimmy Bryan won the 500 in the same Belond Special that had carried Hanks to victory the previous year. Rookie George Amick finished second in another Epperly creation, while Tony Bettenhausen finished fourth in yet another car built by Epperly. Epperly cars looked good. Most of them had neat little shark fins sticking up from the rear end of the car and were lower at the front than the cars built by A.J. Watson. Epperly's cars appeared to be smaller and lighter. Tony Bettenhausen liked the cars Quinn Epperly built and drove the red number 33 Jones & Maley Special in the 1958 500 and led for the only time in his career. In 1959 Tony drove another Epperly "laydown," the orange Hoover Motor Express Special, to fourth place in the 500 for the second consecutive year. Bettenhausen had the fastest car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 1961. It was the Autolite Special owned by Lindsey Hopkins. Epperly built the car in 1960 but it didn't qualify for the "500." Bettenhausen talked Hopkins into buying the car for 1961. At the time Tony was killed on Friday May 12, testing Paul Russo's car at the Speedway, he had 2 1/2 mph (149.25 ) on the rest of the field. There's little doubt in my mind Bettenhausen would've broken the one minute 150 mph barrier the following day during the opening of qualifications for the 1961 500.