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But there never has been anyone who has failed twice. Maybe it was due to the cold drizzle that had met incoming fans the night before or maybe it was the national worry about Hitlers action in Europe.
In any case, just as lines formed at the ticket booths, a huge fire swept through the garages.
What a winter, he said, and suddenly its almost over.
Were leaving for the GATORNATIONALS in Gainesville in just a couple of days.
#1000 - Racer/joker Eddie Sachs, atop the Ray Brady Special at Indy in 1956, said, In 1954 I returned to the track and failed my drivers test.
I became the first man in the history of the Indianapolis Speedway to fail his test twice.
They had fueled their Sunbeam big time, hoping to run the event non-stop.
Apparently fumes from fuel in George Barringers car were ignited by a torch being used in the next stall.
Fire trucks were unable to access the inferno quickly because of the huge crowds, and half of one of the two garage structures was completely destroyed.
However, they caught a rut, and the flipping began. Meanwhile Marquis rode it out with the car, which ended up right on top of him.
He was assumed dead, but was taken to the hospital, where, remarkably, he was revived and found unbroken. From #996 - He seldom pops up in a racing conversation so many decades later, but many old clips refer to Chet Gardner as one of the greatest sprint car drivers ever.
Billy Foster and mechanic John Feuz, shown here with a pretty, amply carbureted roadster, made it right to the Brickyard, but the effort was short-lived.