Rich Vogler

26/7/1950 - 21/7/1990

Record updated 24-Jul-06

Vogler won both the USAC Sprint Car and Midget championships. He raced at the Indy 500 five times but was killed in a sprint car race at his home track at Salem Speedway.

Rich Vogler
Vogler was born in Salem, Indiana, and was a champion sprint car racer. He became the first driver to win the USAC Sprint Car and Midget championships in the same year, and his record of 132 wins is second only to A. J. Foyt's 138.

He competed in the Indianapolis 500 five times, his best finish eighth in 1989. Tragically, only days before his 40th birthday, Vogler died while competing in a nationally broadcast sprint car event at his home track at Salem Speedway. He was leading the race at the time, when his car flipped over and crashed with just over a lap to go. He was declared the winner of the event following his death.

He was scheduled to make his Winston Cup series debut at Pocono Raceway the day after his fatal crash.