Thursday, November 29, 2012

Speedway Art: Pollard

A lot of the trees in Speedway have over the years 
been subjected to "pollard" cuts of their limbs.
And every tree I see seems like a silent, subtle memorial
to Indy car driver Art Pollard.

Pollard is remembered as an outgoing and kind man
who made time for fans and always valued friends and family.
He drove his first Champ Car race at Milwaukee
in 1965, was credited with 22nd place after spinning out, 
and received $165 for his effort. He attempted to qualify for
the Indy 500 in 1966, but was bumped from the field.
The following year, he made his first start in the race, finishing eighth.
In 1968, he drove Andy Granatelli's STP Lotus turbine.
All told, Pollard drove in five Indy 500-Mile races.
He qualified for six but broke a leg during a practice accident
for the 1972 race and was unable to compete.
In 1973, Pollard was killed while practicing at the Speedway.

1 comment:

dive said...

Nice tribute, Speedway.
Drivers back then needed a whole extra layer of bravery to make up for the lack of safety legislation. Art went the way of so many others who just wanted to race, fast and hard.
Thanks for keeping their memory alive.