|Born||Alvah A. Keller|
April 11, 1920
Alexander, New York
|Died||November 19, 1961 (aged 41)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Teams||Kurtis Kraft, Kuzma|
|Entries||6 (5 starts)|
|First entry||1955 Indianapolis 500|
|Last entry||1960 Indianapolis 500|
|NASCAR Cup Series career|
|29 races run over 6 years|
|Best finish||32nd (1949)|
|First race||1949 Race 4 (Langhorne)|
|Last race||1956 Race 9 (Lakewood)|
|First win||1954 Race 5 (Savannah)|
|Last win||1954 International 100 (Linden Airport)|
Keller participated in the NASCAR Strictly Stock/Grand National series from 1949 to 1956 with 29 career starts. He won two races during the 1954 season and was the first driver in the history of NASCAR's top division to have won a race in a foreign-built car. Keller won the 1954 Grand National road-race at the Linden Airport in New Jersey, driving a Jaguar owned by big band leader Paul Whiteman. He also won by a two-lap margin at Oglethorpe Speedway in 1954.
In 1954 Keller began a transition to Championship Cars. He drove in the AAA and USAC Champ Car series, racing in the 1954-1959 and 1961 seasons with 32 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 six times. He was involved in the crash that killed Bill Vukovich in 1955. He finished in the top ten 13 times, with a best finish of 2nd two times (Atlanta in 1956, and Milwaukee in 1961). His best Indy 500 finish was 5th in 1961.
Keller died as a result of injuries sustained in a Champ Car crash at the Arizona State Fairgrounds track.
Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit
- Albert, Zack (January 2, 2020). "Driver by Number: Connections and success with every car number". NASCAR.com. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
- Al Keller driver statistics at Racing-Reference