Open main menu

Bob Veith (November 1, 1924 – March 29, 2006)[1] was an American racecar driver.

Bob Veith
BornRobert J. Veith
(1924-11-01)November 1, 1924
Tulare, California, U.S.
DiedMarch 29, 2006(2006-03-29) (aged 81)
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19561960
TeamsPhillips, Kurtis Kraft, Moore, Meskowski
Entries5
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1956 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1960 Indianapolis 500

Veith drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing from 1955 to 1968 with 63 starts. He finished in the top ten 37 times, with a best finish of 2nd twice, both in 1958.

Veith suffered bruises and abrasions in a practice crash at Daytona International Speedway on March 29, 1959. He was saved by the roll bar when sliding upside down.[2] The accident was caused by the starter shaft, which had been left in the car.[3]

Veith qualified for his first Indianapolis 500 in 1956, finishing 7th that year to win the Rookie of the Year award. After another top 10 finish the next year, he qualified 4th in 1958 but was knocked out of the race in a first lap accident that killed Pat O'Connor. He competed in the 500 eight more times, with his last start coming in 1968.

Contents

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1956 14 23 142.535 16 7 200 0 Running
1957 7 16 141.016 19 9 200 0 Running
1958 14 4 144.881 4 26 1 0 Crash T3
1959 74 7 144.023 8 12 200 0 Running
1960 44 25 143.363 23 8 200 0 Running
1962 96 19 146.157 32 33 12 0 Engine
1963 86 24 148.289 26 26 74 0 Valve
1964 54 23 153.381 10 19 88 0 Piston
1965 54 10 156.427 11 24 58 0 Piston
1967 46 28 162.580 32 11 189 0 Flagged
1968 16 24 163.495 24 11 196 0 Flagged
Totals 1418 0
Starts 11
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 0
Top 10 3
Retired 5

World Championship career summaryEdit

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Bob Veith participated in 5 World Championship races but scored no World Championship points.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index". FamilySearch. (registration required)
  2. ^ Kahn, Bernard (March 30, 1959). "Racing driver hurt slightly in crackup". Daytona Beach Morning Journal.
  3. ^ "Starter shaft, left in car, caused crackup". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. March 31, 1959.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Al Herman
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1956
Succeeded by
Don Edmunds