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On This Day


Saturday 20th September 1952

68 years ago

Bill Schindler (43) American autoracer, died. He began racing in 1931 in a sprint car and was racing midget cars on the East Coast of the United States at their introduction in 1934. Schindler lost his left leg from above the knee while racing in a Champ car race in 1936 at Mineola, L.I.He is one of three drivers to have participated in the Indianapolis 500 with a prosthetic leg. Schindler was part of a group determined to keep the AAA out of the East Coast in 1937. He was elected president of the "outlaw" group. Schindler briefly switched to the AAA in 1940, and won the Bronx Coliseum Indoor championship. He returned to his “outlaw” past when he was named the president of the newly formed American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC).[1][2] He served as president for the club's first six years.[1] Schindler won ARDC championships in 1940, 1945, 1946 and 1948.In both 1947 and 1948 he won 53 midget car feature races. Schindler joined the AAA so he could race in the Indianapolis 500 in 1950, 1951, and 1952. Schindler died in a sprint car racing crash in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1952. Schindler was leading the race on the third lap when a car driven by Paul Becker lost a wheel and skidded into the fence. He did not see the "go slow" sign that was immediately waved after Becker's crash and his black Offenhauser hit the wheel, crashed through the fence and tumbled down a 20-foot embankment. He was killed instantly.

Bill Schindler

Bill Schindler

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