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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



Bill Vukovich Jr.
Bill Vukovich Jr.
UNITED STATES

Born
29 / 3 / 1944
The son of Hall of Fame member and two time winner of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race received his training in midgets and scored 23 National Midget Championship victories during his career. He was the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race 'Rookie of the Year' in 1968 and finished second to Gordon Johncock in the rain-shortened 1973 500. His twelve starts at Indy produced six top ten finishes (7th in 1968, 5th in 71, 2nd in 73, 3rd in 74 6th in 75 and 8th in 79). One of his famous midget rides was the J.C. Agajanian Number 98 which is featured along with his father and the Vukovich 'Shaker' on the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame logo. The Vukovich families contributions to auto racing came at a high price for Bill, Jr. His father Bill Vukovich Sr, won the Indy 500 in 1953 and 1954 and was killed while leading in the 1955 race and his son, who was also 'Rookie of the Year' at Indy in 1988, lost his life at Bakersfield, California in 1990 after his sprint car slammed into a wall during practice laps at Mesa Marin Speedway.