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Born on this day (27th - April)

Rudolf Schoeller

1902 - 1978


Count Carlo Felice Trossi

1908 - 1949


1913 - 1975


Russ Klar

1914 - 2005


Bob Bondurant

1933


Don Horvath

1935 - 1965


Helmut Marko

1943


Yves Courage

1948


Ari Vatanen

1952



Died on this day (27th - April)

1907 - 1949


Herbert Ernest Meyer

1892 - 1962


Gioacchino Colombo

1903 - 1987


Judy Ganley

1939 - 2007


Harry Firth

1918 - 2014



Bob Cortner
Bob Cortner
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Born
16 / 4 / 1927
Died
19 / 5 / 1959
Midget racer who was killed in practice for the Indy 500 in 1959, the day after passing his rookie test.

Bob Cortner was from Redlands, California. He had been racing midgets for about ten years and had won the Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Championship in 1957.

He finished 8th in the National Midget Point Standings in 1958 and made his first trip to Indy that year, though he failed to make practice.

He finally passed his rookie test at Indy on Monday, May 18th 1959, driving the Cornis Offenhauser. But in practice the following day the car was caught by a gust of wind and Cortner lost control and hit the outside wall in turn 3 head on. Sadly he died of head inuries.

The car was origonally due to be driven by Don Edmunds but he had passed on the drive after saying that it didn't feel right on the track.

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