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Born on this day (22nd - May)

Gus Schrader

1895 - 1941


Alex von Falkenhausen

1907 - 1989


Joe Barzda

1915 - 1993


Sergio Mantovani

1929 - 2001


Bobby Johns

1934


Pedro Diniz

1970



Died on this day (22nd - May)

1881 - 1913



Al Cotey
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UNITED STATES

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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