Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Celebrating Art Pollard Day Once again

The traditional launching of the Balloons on Race Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway circa 2011, Mother Speedway's true Centennial. (The Tomaso Collection)
As another year passes by since One of the worst year's at Mother Speedway...

Unfortunately, Forty-seven years ago Today, Art Pollard lost his life during a qualifying attempt for the Ill-fated 1973 Indianapolis 500. For which it was George Phillips of Oilpressure fame, Ye Elder Statesman of IndyCar Bloggers who introduced Mwah to him posthumously many years ago.


As I was simply amazed over Art's Off the Track efforts with Handicapped Children, not to mention his  overall good nature and was surprised to learn that he was a transplanted Oregonian...

Meanwhile, a forgotten Driver's name I tend to overlook typically, and knew Nothing about his career, reputedly was the first Driver to Die at Mother Speedway during a Qualifying run on May 15th, 1982 since Pollard's and Swede Savage's Deaths at Indianapolis.

And although I Don't know how long the following video below is? It's a very good In-depth look at Smiley's racing career interspersed with antidotes from thoust Acclaimed D-Squared', aka Donald Davidson - Official Historian of Mother Speedway.

As Donald notes how Gordon rubbed many Indy 500 veteran Drivers the wrong way by proclaiming publicly that Indy was just a "Business" Stop along his way to his ultimate goal of becoming a Formula 1 Driver...


Ironically Smiley's name came Ah-Bublin' back up to Ye Surface when reading Racer's Robin Miller's Bob Lazier Obituary, since it was Bob's son Buddy who made an impassioned plea for his father to Quit Open Wheel Racing upon Gordon Smiley's Gruesome Death that May when Bob was planning to attempt Qualifying for his second Indianapolis 500.


As this Song's for You Art, and All of the other Drivers who've perished at Mother Speedway. Along with Bob Lazier who was a Gentle Giant of Thee Sport...

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