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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. During his long Indy career, Miller earned the nickname "Dean of the Speedway."
|Born||July 19, 1902|
|Died||May 15, 1953 (aged 50)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Entries||4 (2 starts)|
|First entry||1950 Indianapolis 500|
|Last entry||1953 Indianapolis 500|
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)
|1950||Kurtis Kraft||Offenhauser L4||GBR||MON||500
|1951||Kurtis Kraft||Offenhauser L4||SUI||500
|1952||Kurtis Kraft||Offenhauser L4||SUI||500
|1953||Kurtis Kraft||Offenhauser L4||ARG||500
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.
| Formula One fatal accidents
May 15, 1953
Charles de Tornaco
- Yates, Brock W. "The Indianapolis 500: The Story of the Motor Speedway." Harper and Brothers: New York. 1956. Page 67.
- "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.
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