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Phil Krueger at the 2015 Indianapolis 500

Phillip Eugene Krueger (born June 22, 1951 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin[1]), is a former driver in the CART Championship Car series. He raced in 9 seasons (1981–1986, 1988–1989, and 1991), with 23 career starts, including the 1986 and 1988 Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 3 times, with his best finish in 5th position in 1988 at Michigan.

Krueger endured three hard crashes in his open-wheel racing career that left him critically injured--in 1981 during Indy 500 practice and in 1984 and 1989, both at the Michigan 500--but he would return to racing after every incident.

In 1988 he won the Clint Brawner Mechanical Excellence Award presented annually to the Indianapolis 500 chief mechanic who exemplifies "mechanical and scientific creativity, ingenuity, perseverance, dedication, enthusiasm and expertise" by essentially serving as his own chief mechanic and getting his 2-year old R. Kent Baker Racing March-Cosworth not only into the field, but competitive enough to finish 8th on raceday.

Racing recordEdit

SCCA National Championship RunoffsEdit

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1980 Road Atlanta LeGrand Mk.27B Ford Formula Ford 25 31 Running

Complete USAC Mini-Indy Series resultsEdit

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 Pos Points
1977 Eric Lee Drange  
7th 200

Indy 500 resultsEdit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1981 Eagle Chevrolet Practice Crash
1982 Penske Chevrolet Practice Crash
1983 Penske Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1984 March Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1985 March Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1986 March Cosworth 24th 31st
1987 Lola Cosworth Practice Crash
1988 March Cosworth 15th 8th
1989 Penske Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1991 Lola Buick Failed to Qualify


  1. ^ ESPN coverage of the 1983 CART Indycar Budweiser Cleveland Grand Prix