Larry Crockett was born in Cambridge City, Indiana, United States. Nicknamed "Crash" because of frequent racing mishaps during his early career. He drove for Dan Wall at tracks like the old Columbus Speedway and soon lost his sobriquet, manoeuvring smoothly through the turns while other drivers seemed to be constantly fighting the steering wheel.
Larry Crockett, who also drove for Lowell Walls, qualified 25th for his first Indianapolis 500 in 1954. Driving the Federal Engineering Special Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser, he finished ninth, picking up Rookie-of-the-Year honors.
He was on his way to being one of the premier drivers of that era when he was tragically killed driving an Eagle Offy in the AAA Eastern Inaugural Sweepstakes sprint car race at the Langhorne (PA) Speedway the following spring.