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Brooklands
07-03-2016, 08:11 PM
If you followed Indy Racing in the 1970's then you remember the name Eldon Palmer. He was the Dodge dealer who crashed the Pace Car into a tower of photographers at the start of the race. I learned from Randall Cook of the Racing History Yahoo Group that Mr. Palmer has passed away. HERE (https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?n=eldon-d-palmer&pid=180532627&fhid=14507) is his obituary.

Basil
07-03-2016, 08:23 PM
If you followed Indy Racing in the 1970's then you remember the name Eldon Palmer. He was the Dodge dealer who crashed the Pace Car into a tower of photographers at the start of the race. I learned from Randall Cook of the Racing History Yahoo Group that Mr. Palmer has passed away. HERE (https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?n=eldon-d-palmer&pid=180532627&fhid=14507) is his obituary.

Sorry to hear that. I wonder - did they ever invite him to drive a pace car again?

rick_ingram
07-03-2016, 10:33 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0gqP-ba9z0

PAUL161
07-04-2016, 09:13 AM
I watched that race and remember the incident. Hard to realize it's been that long ago. PJ

SaxMan
07-05-2016, 11:59 PM
I remember reading about that in a book called "Astonishing-And True-Stories of the Speedway" by Al Powell in a chapter called "The Missing Pole". Apparently when Palmer had been practicing he was using the flagpole as his marker of when to start braking. What he didn't know was that the flagpole is removed on race day, by the time he realized it was gone, he panicked and locked up the brakes.

After this incident, only drivers who have actual and sufficient racing experience are allowed to drive the Pace Car.

The author of the book, Al Powell, was a race car driver who was stricken with polio in the 1950s, which left him a quadraplegic, but apparently did not slow him down.