Bruce Jacobi

23/6/1935 - 4/2/1987

Bruce Jacobi
Former Indy driver who died in 1987 as a result of injuries sustained in qualifying for the Daytona 500 in 1983. Bruce Jacobi died 35 years ago, he was 52 , He would have been 87.


In 1983 NASCAR drivers were regularly hitting the 200 mph average lap times.   On the 17th of February 1983, Bruce Jacobi, who was a former Indy 500 driver, lost control at the exit of Turn 2 while running in one of the 125 mile qualifying races for the  Winston Cup Race at Daytona International Speedway.

He was critically injured in a spectacular cart-wheeling crash, with his car eventually coming to rest near the inside dirt bank. It is speculated that his roll cage failed. Jacobi suffered extensive head injuries and was in a coma for almost four years before passing away.

Rusty Wallace had a virtually identical accident at the race race but walked away uninjured.


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