Indy 500 Crash Reports

Over the years, Indy fans and other spectators have witnessed several Indy 500 crash reports. 

Some of the reports have left several drivers escaping death with minor injuries, while other crashes left uncountable drivers seriously injured or dead.

Indy 500 Crash Reports

Here, we are going to look at 3 worst crash reports that have ever been recorded in the history of the Indy 500 race.

  • 1964 – Sach and MacDonald

Dave MacDonald’s car spun just after finishing the second lap hitting the inside wall. There was a massive explosion, and the over speeding Eddie Sachs couldn’t escape the corrosion, which caused another gigantic explosion that killed both drivers. 1964 Indy 500 is considered the darkest year since the Indy 500 started.

  • 1996 – Scott Brayton

Brayton was set for a new record if he had finished and won the 1996 Indy 500 championship. He was a future star who had won two championships in a row, and the odds of winning the third were very high. However, a blown tire squandered all his dreams when he was practicing. Brayton’s car flew and hit the outside wall and later came to a halt. He was pronounced dead within the hour of the crash.

  • 1973 – Swede Savage & and others

1973 Indy 500 remains as the most dreadful crashes that took more than one life. Swede Savage lost his life after bumping into the sidewall with fuel leaks from Salt Walther’s car. Savage died after being severely burned, but Walther survived with severe burns. Also, in the same competition, another driver, Art Pollard, lost his life during the qualification round. The most absurd incident that year is when Armando Teran, a pit crew member, got hit by the fire truck as he came on the track to rescue Savage.


Indy 500 is a great spectacle race that has its bad days, and several lives have been lost. However, we still enjoy its presence by continuing with the memories of the lost lives and seeing current drivers as they battle for the championship every year.