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Bill Puterbaugh (June 6, 1936 – October 9, 2017) was an American racing driver in the USAC Championship Car series. He raced in the 1967-1971, the 1975–1977, and the 1979 seasons, with 31 career starts, including the 1975-1977 Indianapolis 500.[1] He finished in the top ten 11 times, with his best finish in 6th position in 1968 at Springfield and in 1969 at Sacramento. His 7th-place finish in the 1975 Indianapolis 500 earned him Rookie of the Year.[2][3]

Puterbaugh died at home surrounded by his loving family in Brownsburg, IN on October 9, 2017 at the age of 81.[4]

USAC Championship Car seasonEdit

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Rank Pts.
1967 PHX TRE INDY MIL LAN PIP MOS MOS IRP LAN MTR MTR SPR
DNQ
MIL DQS
13
ISF
15
TRE SAC
15
HAN PHX RIV - 0
1968 HAN LVG PHX TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL
17
MOS MOS LAN
8
PIP CDR NAZ
9
IRP IRP LAN
12
LAN
9
MTR MTR SPR
6
MIL DQS
11
ISF TRE SAC MIC HAN PHX RIV 29th 265
1969 PHX HAN INDY MIL LAN PIP CDR NAZ TRE IRP IRP MIL SPR
9
DIS DQS
15
ISF
16
BRN BRN TRE
16
SAC
6
KEN KEN PHX
16
RIV 37th 120
1970 PHX SON TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL LAN CDR MIC IRP SPR
DNS
MIL ONT
DNQ
DQS
DNQ
ISF SED
16
TRE
17
SAC
DNP
PHX - 0
1971 RAF RAF PHX TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL POC
14
MIC
DNQ
MIL
13
ONT TRE
19
PHX - 0
1972 PHX TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL MIC POC MIL ONT TRE PHX - 0
1973 TXS TRE TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL POC MIC MIL ONT ONT ONT MIC MIC TRE TXS PHX - 0
1974 ONT ONT ONT PHX TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL POC MIC MIL MIC TRE TRE PHX - 0
1975 ONT ONT ONT PHX TRE INDY
7
MIL POC
9
MIC MIL MIC TRE PHX
9
16th 560
1976 PHX TRE INDY
22
MIL POC
DNQ
MIC TXS TRE MIL ONT
7
MIC TXS PHX
8
17th 375
1977 ONT PHX TXS TRE INDY
12
MIL POC MOS MIC TXS MIL ONT MIC PHX 39th 50
1979 ONT TXS INDY
DNQ
MIL
19
POC TXS MIL
13
30th 10
1980 ONT INDY
DNQ
MIL POC MDO - 0
1981-82 INDY POC SPR DQS
DNS
ISF
DNQ
INDY - 0
1982-83 SPR DQS NAZ INDY
DNP
- 0
1983-84 DQS INDY
DNP
- 0

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1968 Gerhardt Ford Failed to Qualify
1970 Watson Offy Failed to Qualify
1971 Gerhardt Offy Practice Crash
1972 Curtis Offy Failed to Qualify
1973 Coyote Offy Failed to Qualify
1974 Lola Offy Failed to Qualify
1975 Eagle Offy 15th 7th
1976 Eagle Offy 18th 22nd
1977 Eagle Offy 28th 12th
1979 Cicada Offy Failed to Qualify

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Indy 500 Career Stats – Bill Puterbaugh". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2010-12-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Davidson, Donald (May 10, 2012). "Puterbaugh has never stopped showing persistence, loyalty". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Puterbaugh Top Rookie At Indy". Lakeland Ledger. Associated Press. 1975-05-27. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
  4. ^ Family member
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pancho Carter
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1975
Succeeded by
Vern Schuppan