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Born on this day (25th - April)

Arthur Chevrolet

1884 - 1946


Herb Ardinger

1910 - 1973


Jean Lucas

1917 - 2003


Sergio Sighinolfi

1925 - 1956


Hans Laine

1945 - 1970


Vicente Alberto Pernía

1949


Cor Euser

1957


Duncan Dayton

1959


Klaus Panchyrz

1963


1965


Felipe Massa

1981



Died on this day (25th - April)

Frank Lockhart

1903 - 1928


Fred Frame

1894 - 1962


1934 - 1965


1895 - 1972


Michele Alboreto

1956 - 2001


John Love

1924 - 2005


Archie Bryde

1919 - 2008



Leroy Warriner
Leroy Warriner
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Born
1 / 3 / 1919
Died
2 / 1 / 2003
Leroy Warriner won the first “Night Before the 500” Midget Race and was the 1953 AAA National Midget Racing Champion and the Midwest Champion.

Leroy Warriner made several attempts to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 between 1949 and 1958, but his principal achievements took place in the midgets where his name was a household word in the US and in Australia and New Zealand where he raced in 1961 and 1962.

He won the first “Night Before the 500” Midget Race, held in 1946 at the famous 16th Street Speedway and repeated the win in 1950.

He won the 1953 AAA National Midget Racing Championship and the Midwest Championship.

Durning the 1959 Bill Lipkey promoted Indiana Indoor Championship, he won so many races in a row at Lafayette that a $200 bonus was put up for anyone who could beat him. Leroy won the Championship that year.

Leroy joined former driver Gene Hartley in conducting races at the Indianapolis Speedrome. He became principal stockholder and operator of that facility in 1961. In 1972 he bought the Speedrome and continued to operate it until he retired to Florida in 1977. He was inducted into the Speedrome Hall of Fame in 1993. Warriner was ever present at local races and fan club meetings in Indianapolis, particularly after he returned from a long retirement in the Florida keys.

He died from a heart attack in 2003

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