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Born on this day (25th - May)

Henry Yunick

1923 - 2001


Norberto José Polinori

1931 - 1967


Mike Harris

1939


1949


Antonio Hermann

1954


Christian Peruzzi

1963 - 2001



Died on this day (25th - May)

Peter Kreis

1900 - 1934


Amédée Gordini

1899 - 1979


Herbert Fahrnow

1903 - 1981


Elie Bayol

1914 - 1995


Chris Trickle

1972 - 1998


Christian Peruzzi

1963 - 2001



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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