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Chester Miller (July 19, 1902 – May 15, 1953) was an American racecar driver. He was killed in a crash in the south turn of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice for the 1953 Indianapolis 500.[1] During his long Indy career, Miller earned the nickname "Dean of the Speedway."

Chet Miller
Born(1902-07-19)July 19, 1902
Detroit, Michigan
DiedMay 15, 1953(1953-05-15) (aged 50)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19501953
TeamsKurtis Kraft
Entries4 (2 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1953 Indianapolis 500

He died at age 50 while driving a Novi-engined Special.[1] He is interred at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.[2]

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Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

  • Although Miller posted the fastest qualifying time for the 1952 Indianapolis 500, he started on the outside of the ninth row. No other fastest qualifier has started this far back in the field.
  • Miller drove over 5,000 miles (8,000 km) at Indianapolis without leading a lap, an all-time record.

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1950 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser L4 GBR MON 500
DNQ
SUI BEL FRA ITA NC 0
1951 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser L4 SUI 500
25
BEL FRA GBR GER ITA ESP NC 0
1952 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser L4 SUI 500
30
BEL FRA GBR GER NED ITA NC 0
1953 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser L4 ARG 500
DNQ
NED BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA NC 0

World Championship career summaryEdit

Although run to a completely different set of rules, the Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA Formula One World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Chet Miller participated in 2 World Championship races - the 1951 and 1952 Indianapolis 500. He retired from both races, therefore scoring no championship points.

With his death during practice for the 1953 Indianapolis 500, Miller became the first driver to die as a result of a crash during a World Championship event, and the second driver to die either in a Formula One car or at a World Championship event, after Englishman Cameron Earl had died 11 months earlier while testing an ERA Formula One car at the MIRA proving ground in England.

Preceded by
Cameron Earl
Formula One fatal accidents
May 15, 1953
Succeeded by
Charles de Tornaco

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Yates, Brock W. "The Indianapolis 500: The Story of the Motor Speedway." Harper and Brothers: New York. 1956. Page 67.
  2. ^ "Indianapolis Auto greats" (PDF). Celebrating Automotive Heritage at Crown Hill Cemetery. Crown Hill Cemetery. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2012-09-10.