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Born on this day (25th - March)

Washington Roebling

1881 - 1912


Karl von Waldthausen

1907 - 1933


1911 - 1988


Breno Fornari

1925


Don Freeland

1925 - 2007


Fritz d'Orey

1938


Tom Weickardt

1947


Butch Lindley

1948 - 1990


Giniel de Villiers

1972


Danica Sue Patrick

1982



Died on this day (25th - March)

Billy Cotton

1899 - 1969


Juan Gaudino

1893 - 1975



Al Cotey
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Born
19 / 3 / 1888
Died
27 / 10 / 1974
Indy car driver and owner who raced in the Indy 500 in 1927.

Al Cotey was born in Chicago, Illinois. He started racing in the late 1917 on dirt and board tracks. He tried to qualify for the Indy 500 in 1919 in a Duesenberg but failed to make the grid. He also participated in the Elgin road races that year.

He became a car owner and when Herb Jones was killed qualifying for the 1926 Indianapolis 500, Cotey persuaded John Duff to take on his hastily rebuilt Indy Miller. Duff started last of 28 and eventually climbed to 9th place overall by the end of the race.

The following year Cotey himself took the wheel, eight years after his first attempt. This time he qualified in 29th spot and went out with a broken universal joint after 87 laps.

He died in New Smyrna Beach, Florida in 1974.

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