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Born on this day (26th - April)

Edgar Morawitz

1892 - 1945


Francois Picard

1921 - 1996


Pat Griffith

1925 - 1980


Jean-Pierre Beltoise

1937 - 2015


Gus Hutchison

1937


Ian Geoghegan

1939 - 2003


Tom Jones

1943 - 2015


Jose Dolhem

1944 - 1988


Johnny Dumfries

1958


Tim Sugden

1964


James Thompson

1974



Died on this day (26th - April)

Willi Krakau

1911 - 1995


1937 - 2002


Danny Kladis

1917 - 2009



Larry Crockett
Larry Crockett
Crash
UNITED STATES

Born
23 / 10 / 1926
Died
20 / 3 / 1955
Crockett was Rookie of the Year at Indy in 1954 and was on his way to being one of the premier drivers of that era when was killed in a sprint car race at Langhorne the following year.

Larry Crockett was born in Cambridge City, Indiana, United States. Nicknamed "Crash" because of frequent racing mishaps during his early career. He drove for Dan Wall at tracks like the old Columbus Speedway and soon lost his sobriquet, manoeuvring smoothly through the turns while other drivers seemed to be constantly fighting the steering wheel.

Larry Crockett, who also drove for Lowell Walls, qualified 25th for his first Indianapolis 500 in 1954. Driving the Federal Engineering Special Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser, he finished ninth, picking up Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

He was on his way to being one of the premier drivers of that era when he was tragically killed driving an Eagle Offy in the AAA Eastern Inaugural Sweepstakes sprint car race at the Langhorne (PA) Speedway the following spring.





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