The Indy 500 drivers — Where are they now?

by Richard Jenkins
The Ancien Pilotes at Dijon in 1974

Ancien Pilotes at Dijon 1974

I have endeavoured to try and provide as up-to-date and accurate information as possible for everyone featured on this site, and I am always indebted to the many contributors who help with the information on this site and sadly, space doesn't allow for me to thank everyone here. However, I would like to dedicate the ongoing work, progress and achievements on this site to those contributors who are sadly no longer with us but helped aide this project so much: David McKinney, Len Calinoff, Phil Harms, Gene Heeter, Earl Ma, Don Radbruch, Roscoe H Rann and Barry Lake.

Updates and corrections are always welcomed — please either join the debate here or feel free to contact me on with any information you might have.

This part of the site is also dedicated to the memory of Tony Marsh, as it was his post-Grand Prix life that served as the initial inspiration for "Where Are They Now" back in 1998 For more about what this part of the site is trying to achieve, please read my full introduction.

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Name Born Died Nat Indy 500s Biography
George Abell 26 Jan 1901
Waverly, Kentucky
19 Apr 1958
Los Angeles, California
Raced in a number of events in 1927, without much success and also appeared on occasion as a relief driver. He by and large raced a Miller, an ex-Leon Duray and Eddie Hearne driven car, entered by his father. Racing seems to have been a brief past-time and he later worked as a garage owner and as a travelling salesman of wholesale goods. (Last updated 6 Jul 2015)
Jay Abney 27 Jul 1927
Bearden, Oklahoma
10 Apr 1991
Tulare, California
Full name John, he started in the sport by racing motorbikes in 1948. He did very well in this discipline before moving into car racing, which he stopped doing in 1960. Later became a car salesman in Scottsdale, Arizona and California, where he died. Long based in Arizona during his racing career, he was probably at his best in roadsters. (Last updated 21 Sep 2014)
Tony Adamowicz 02 May 1941
Torrance, California

Sadly, in 2015, Tony was diagnosed with an agressive form of brain cancer, which he is currently fighting. Until this diagnosis, he was very heavily involved in the sport, as he ran a motorsport links page, raced and visited numerous historic events and worked on numerous projects regarding his Le Mans past. Adamowicz also did driver instructing. However, initially, Tony was an Army communications specialist that worked specifically with the White House for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, but after Kennedy, who Tony knew the best of the three, was shot dead in 1963, he lost his enthusiasm to carry on for much longer and left the US Army in 1964 to start racing. (Last updated 4 Aug 2015)
Bert Adams 04 Apr 1876
Lafayette, Indiana
Occasional tester for McFarlan who had a few years in the sport from 1910 onwards. Mainly worked in the automobile trade as a mechanic or engineer. There is dispute over whether Bert, whose real first name was William, actually raced in the first event due to varying degrees of accurate records. (Last updated 23 Jun 2011)
Walt Ader 15 Dec 1912
Long Valley, New Jersey
25 Nov 1982
Califon, New Jersey
Started racing pre-war, primarily in midgets around 1936, but his big break came when he won at Reading, Pennsylvania in 1946. He then took, arguably, his most notable win in 1947, winning at Atlanta's Lakewood Park dirt oval, despite only leading one lap, being the lucky man in front when a crash by Walt Brown blocked the track. Ader carried on racing in midgets until the mid 1950's and then later became part of the Williams Grove Old Timers Club and also worked as a contractor. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Freddie Agabashian 21 Aug 1913
Modesto, California
13 Oct 1989
Alamo, California
USA 11
Son of a mathematics genius, his sisters also became professional singers. Freddie carried on the tradition of success in his family by being a hugely successful driver. He later became a radio and TV announcer for the Indy 500, as well as advising countless drivers. Agabashian, of Armenian descent, was a very popular man who was primarily a midget racer but gained a reputation as a safe, albeit fast, driver that was very mechanically minded. He won the 1937 North California Racing Assocation midget title and then won more titles after the war. He retired from racing in 1958 and then joined the Champion Spark Plug company as a racing rep. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
A. C. 'Bob' Aiken
Little-known dirt-track racer, who raced in the early 1930's. (Last updated 27 Sep 2015)
George Ainslee 10 Oct 1890
Brooklyn, New York
15 Apr 1962
Farmingdale, New York
Real name Ainslie. A racing mechanic, often for Van Gorder or Horan. Later worked as a car mechanic. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Johnny Aitken 03 May 1885
Indianapolis, Indiana
15 Oct 1918
Indianapolis, Indiana
Fine racing driver who was a victim of the strain of influenza that killed so many in 1918, whilst serving his country in World War 1. He was a great help to Jules Goux and Goux's success before World War 1, and picked up some French language skills accordingly which helped when serving his nation. However, Aitken was of Scottish ancestry. Aitken took a back-seat racing rise from 1912 onwards as he became a team manager, helping Joe Dawson win in 1912, and then Goux in 1913, before returning to drive more reguarly from 1915 onwards. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Bill Albertson 02 Nov 1889
Penn Yann, New York
16 Aug 1930
Middletown, New York
Dirt oval specialist, of Danish ancestry, killed during a qualifying crash at Middletown. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Michele Alboreto 23 Dec 1956
25 Apr 2001
Lausitz Circuit, nr. Dresden, Germany
I 1
Michele became one of the world's top sportscar stars after a long Formula 1 career and won Le Mans in 1997. After a win at Sebring, he was tipped for 2nd Le Mans win in 2001, but a puncture at 200mph, testing his Audi, saw him crash into the barriers, killing him instantly. Motorsport lost one of its most likeable sons for Michele was a true gentleman, generous with his time, and still as enthusiastic with the sport as he was when he was a boy. Alboreto was a boyhood fan of the sport whose great hero was Ronnie Peterson, which was reflected in Michele's helmet colours. He won the 1980 European Formula 3 title and then went on to win in almost evey category he raced thereafter. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Mikhail Aleshin 22 May 1987

Former Formula Renault 3.5 champion (2010), who also raced in GP2. After a spell in the IRL, Mikhail is now in the European Le Mans Series. Aleshin raced in Formula Renault 3.5 for some years, winning his first race in the series in 2007. He also raced in the short-lived Formula 2 Championship, A1GP, Superleague Formula and Blancpain, but his GP2 - and general - progress was hit by a lack of budget and also hand injuries sustained in a crash. (Last updated 10 Feb 2015)
Jean Alesi 11 Jun 1964
Montfavet nr. Avignon, Vaucluse

F 1
Since F1, he's been in touring cars, in Europe and Asia, until 2010, when he moved to the LMS sportscars series. In 2011, he became an ambassador and test driver for Group Lotus, and drove for them in the 2012 Indianapolis 500, when he became the oldest rookie starter in history. In 2012, he also appeared in speedcars again. Since then, he's mainly raced in historic events, with the very rare big one-off. Also works as a consultant to Direxiv, has his own vineyard, is brand ambassador to Pirelli and acts as a consultant to the FFSA. (Last updated 25 Mar 2014)
Leslie Allen 05 Mar 1892
Odell, Illinois
19 May 1946
Chicago, Illinois
Also known as 'Bugs' Allen, Leslie was also based in California for a short while. A former motorcyclist, he worked on his own car and raced for over 15 years. Fought in World War One. Trained, initially, as a mechanic, Allen later worked as a law enforcer, and was working in a bank at the time of his untimely death, aged just 54. (Last updated 27 May 2014)
Tom Alley 21 May 1889
Metamora, Indiana
26 Mar 1953
Indianapolis, Indiana
A fine riding mechanic, most notably to Ralph de Palma, Alley was a decent driver in his own right, who initially worked as a test driver before going racing. Later worked as a car repair man., running his own garage for many years. He raced from 1913 onwards after starting his working life as an automobile mechanic and was a regular racer until America entered World War 1, in which Alley served. Thereafter, although Alley carried on until 1925, it was virtually solely confined to the Indianapolis 500. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Bobby Allison 03 Dec 1937
Miami, Florida

NASCAR legend, with 85 wins over 22 years. Now lives in Alabama and keeps busy, through guest-speaking and flying his planes. Hugely popular man who suffered tragedy when two of his sons were killed within a year in the early '90's, Clifford in a racing crash and Davey in a helicopter crash. Allison won the 1983 NASCAR title. Bobby initially worked for his father's hydraulic car lift company before taking up racing as a teenager, taking a huge gamble, which paid off, whilst still young, moving to Alabama to be closer to more frequent and lucrative racing. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Donnie Allison 09 Sep 1939
Miami, Florida

Brother of Bobby and lives in the same town as him in Alabama. Donnie's career , overall, was also successful and he is still involved in a string of roles - consultant to many drivers, TV and radio commentator, car dealer, President of Donnie Allison Motorsports as well as helping his sons' race car building business. Donnie's NASCAR career was somewhat in the shadow of Bobby's, but Donnie still took ten wins in the series in 242 starts, remaining a contender for many years until his retirement in 1988. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
AJ Allmendinger 16 Dec 1981
Los Gatos, California

After a spell in Champ Car, AJ switched to NASCAR in 2007 whilst at his peak in Champcars, having taken five wins and a third place in the Championship despite moving teams half-way through the season. Allmendinger has continued in the discipline ever since then, but in 2013, dovetailed that with races in the IRL. AJ has also raced in sportscars on occasion, and won the 2012 Daytona 24 Hours race. Allmendinger also won the Barber Dodge Series in 2002 and the Toyota Atlantic Series in 2003 and there remains a feeling that, if he wanted to, that had Allmendinger stayed in single-seaters, he would be a multiple champion by now. (Last updated 24 Oct 2015)
Bill Alsup 15 Jul 1938
Honolulu, Hawaii

Ran and drove in his own team in CART. His son, AJ, raced for some years and Bill advised him, as well as concentrating on other business interests and following his two sporting passions, motor racing and ski-ing. Now lives in Durango, Colorado. Although Bill never won a CART race, he was the runner-up in the 1981 Championship with a consistent run of podium places that season and was 1979 CART Rookie of the Year. (Last updated 3 Apr 2015)
George Amick 24 Oct 1924
Vernonia, Oregon
04 Apr 1959
Daytona Beach, Florida
Killed in the only Indianapolis Daytona race (held a day before the very first Daytona 500) when a gust of wind blew his car off course and out of control. Mostly based in California, he was best known for his midget success, but also won three Champ Car races on dirt ovals. The elder brother of Bill, who raced in NASCAR, George started racing just after the Second World War. Amick was a small man stature-wise, standing only five foot and five inches tall. (Last updated 19 Aug 2015)
Richard Amick 19 Jan 1929
Kansas City, Missouri
16 May 1995
Crystal River, Florida
Better known as ''Red'' Amick. Ran a truck stop nr. Muncie, Indiana before retiring to Florida. (Last updated 17 May 2011)
Chris Amon 20 Jul 1943

NZ 0
Quit Formula 1 in 1977 to tend the family farm, where he still lives, although he is largely retired now. Also developed suspensions for a while for Toyota, stays involved agriculturally and keeps links with racing, including visiting historic events. Also contributes and is a consultant to a few motor racing projects in his homeland. Chris is remembered with great affection by those who saw him race, and although he never won a World Championship Grand Prix, he was a multiple winner in F1, but also won the 1966 Le Mans, 1967 Daytona 24 Hours, the 1969 Tasman Series and won a round of the European Touring Car Championship in 1973 so his talent, at least, brought success in his overall career. (Last updated 19 Aug 2015)
Gil Andersen 27 Nov 1879
Horten, Norway
26 Jul 1935
Logansport, Indiana, USA
Born in Norway, but later a US citizen, Gil worked as an engineer for Stutz, then later worked for Revere Motor Company in Indiana. Prior to racing, Gil qualified and worked as a marine engineer. Andersen took pole for the 1912 Indianapolis 500 in an unusual way, as he was the very first entrant for the race, which subsequently earnt him first place at the start. Andersen twice won the National Trophy - in 1913 and 1915 and carried on racing until the end of the 1910's, surviving a big accident in 1916 where he broke his leg. (Last updated 20 Aug 2015)
Les Anderson 17 Apr 1910
Chicago, Illinois
10 Jul 1949
Portland, Oregon
Full name Leslie, he was killed in a crash at his local track. Les was a midget and sprint car ace, who won the 1937 North West Racing Association Championship title. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Didier Andre 03 Sep 1974

F 0
Didier enjoyed a long and varied career, including endurance racing, rallying and the Andros Trophy ice racing events. Andre can still be seen at the latter, along with an occasional appearance in endurance, but his main focus is his driver management agency, which has close links with the FFSA. He currently focuses on Jules Gounon, the son of Jean-Marc, but also has interests in rally drivers. Having now gained a management degree, Didier also runs an event management company, as well as a sports car dealership in Lyon. (Last updated 30 Apr 2015)
Emil Andres 22 Feb 1911
Tinley Park, Illinois
20 Jul 1999
South Holland, Illinois
USA 10
Retained his links with the Indy 500 Oldtimers association right up until his death, being honorary chairman. He became a USAC and Champ Car official and in 1968, moved to Flossmoor where he farmed in his spare time. A qualifier in pre-war Indy's, he died after a fall at his home. Started racing in 1931 in stock cars and soon moved to midgets, but worked as a delivery truck driver to make ends meet. Emil won the 1940 AAA Midwest sprint car title before serving in the US Airforce in World War 2. Despite his brother, Chuck, losing his life in a midget crash in 1946, Emil carried on racing until 1950. (Last updated 4 Aug 2015)
Jeff Andretti 14 Apr 1964
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Raced on until 1998. Son of Mario, he also coaches Michael's son, Marco. Jeff is also an accomplished driver coach and manager, who also works as a motorsport sponsorship and brand awareness expert. (Last updated 14 Oct 2013)
John Andretti 12 Mar 1963
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

USA 12
Nephew of Mario. Better known as a NASCAR driver. Now over the age of 50, Andretti has stopped full-time racing but occasionally appears in an off-road event or some other special event. Andretti now focuses on other projects, including charitable work for sick children in the Indianapolis area. He also recently designed The Stinger, an Indy-concept car, based on the 1911 winning Indy car, the Marmon Wasp and John is obtaining the signatures of over 250 fellow Indianapolis 500 starters on the car, so that it can be auctioned at the 100th Indianapolis 500 in 2016. Andretti also coaches and manages his son's racing career, and does a huge amount of public speaking, coaching and PR work. (Last updated 19 May 2015)
Marco Andretti 13 Mar 1987
Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Son of Michael, currently in the IRL with his dad's team. Although having the famous surname helped, Marco was hugely successful in the Barber Formula Dodge Eastern and National Championships and also in Star Mazda, which helped his rapid rise to the IRL in 2006. Andretti then, at that time, became the youngest winner of a major open-wheel racing event. However, his expected title success hasn't come since. Has also raced in sportscars and A1 GP since his IRL debut. (Last updated 19 May 2015)
Mario Andretti 28 Feb 1940
Montona, Italy

USA 29
1978 World Champion who raced for years in CART and retired at 55 as one of the top drivers, despite his age. He now largely attends races as a spectator/consultant although he still drives occasionally in sportscars, although his dream of winning Le Mans seems to have been abandoned. Also has numerous business interests, both racing and non-racing related, including car dealerships, gas stations, books and a vineyard. As well as his 1978 triumph, he won the Indycar title three times - 1965, 1966 and 1969 - and then the Champcar title in 1984, as well as winning in NASCAR and also taking 3 Sebring 12 Hour wins. (Last updated 20 Aug 2015)
Michael Andretti 05 Oct 1962
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

USA 16
A legend in CART, he drove in the series before and after his unhappy F1 sojourn. Now runs his own Indycar team, which runs his son Marco. Michael also made a racing return for the 1st time in 3 years in the 2006 Indy 500. After the 2007 event, he retired from driving for good. Andretti also used to run an ALMS team, but is still in other series as a team boss, most recently and notably in Formula E. Despite multiple wins in the series, he only ever ended up with one championship title to his name, in 1991. Andretti also came close to Formula 1 in 1990 to replace the injured Alessandro Nannini but remained in the US until 3 years later. (Last updated 24 Oct 2015)
Keith Andrews 15 Jun 1920
Denver, Colorado
15 May 1957
Indianapolis, Indiana
3 times Colorado midget title winner and Pikes Peak Hill Climb champion in 1954, this World War Two flying ace ran an auto repair shop in Colorado Springs. Killed in practice for the Indianapolis 500. Andrews started racing after the war, initially in roadsters in 1946, before switching to midgets in 1947. Andrews was, as well as the above, also very strong on dirt tracks and also competed in road racing. (Last updated 20 Aug 2015)
Ernie Ansterburg 01 Oct 1891
Concord, Michigan
16 Oct 1924
Charlotte, North Carolina
Killed in a practice crash. Also well known as a riding mechanic. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Robert Arbuthnot 09 Mar 1914
Aberdeen, Scotland
28 Aug 1946
Watford by-pass, Bushey, Hertfordshire
GB 0
A member of the banking family, Arbuthnot had the finance to enjoy racing, but World War 2 came at his peak. Died in a road accident, when he and another car collided into each other whilst on a two-way overtaking lane on the Watford bypass. The family name is still involved in lower-level motor racing. (Last updated 15 Jul 2012)
Herb Ardinger 25 Apr 1910
Glassport, Pennsylvania
14 Jun 1973
Wayne, Michigan
Useful stalwart, who raced for over 15 events in a variety of events.
Zora Arkus-Duntov 25 Dec 1909
21 Apr 1996
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
B 0
Born of Russian parents, Zora later moved to Germany, where he started racing. During the war, he escaped to the US to set up a car parts supply firm for the Army, which eventually led to him taking charge of Chevrolet, during the 1950's. He was the father of the Corvette and continued, until just before his death, to attend most events celebrating the car.
Frank Armi 12 Oct 1918
Portland, Oregon
28 Nov 1992
Hanford, California
Later became a sound technician for TV and film, operating a boom microphone in many productions. Raced on until the mid '60's. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Billy Arnold 16 Dec 1905
Chicago, Illinois
10 Nov 1976
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Died of a brain haemorrhage. Served in World War 2, where he rose to the rank of Colonel. Later became an engineer for Chrysler, then was an auto dealer. He then later went into both the lumber and construction businesses in Oklahoma, but is also well remembered for his work towards the water-ski industry, being an early pioneer in the sport. The 1930 Indianapolis 500 winner, Arnold's career was relatively short, stopping in 1932 after a pelvic injury and family pressure, whilst still pretty much at his peak. (Last updated 22 Aug 2015)
Charles G Arnold
New York City, New York
Early racer, who won a major race in Portland, Oregon in 1909 which was the Class B race, which was only secondary to the main road-race, won by Bert Dingley, who Arnold beat in the Class B race. A report of that day revealed that Arnold took his racing seriously, as 'never a smile crossed his face in all the times he passed the grandstand' but clearly enjoyed the spoils of victory as 'after the race, he fairly beamed and nodded affectionately at the dust begrimed and smoke blackened car and said "It was the car, not me"'. Arnold's win was not without controversy though, as competitor Murray Page filed a complaint that Arnold boxed him on the turns several times and that once, he had been forced to drive into a ditch to avoid a collision. The protest was thrown out. Portland was Arnold's racing highlight - other than his appearance at Indianapolis in 1912 as a relief driver, he didn't appear much more on the tracks past 1911. Not much is known about Arnold's biographical details but he may be Charles G Arnold 1875-1969 who was an automobile salesman in Portland. (Last updated 25 Sep 2014)
Chuck Arnold 30 May 1926
Stamford, Connecticut
04 Sep 1997
Santa Ana, California
Midget and stock car ace, whose Champ Car career didn't hit the same heights.
Alberto Ascari 13 Jul 1918
26 May 1955
Monza Circuit
I 1
One of the greatest Grand Prix drivers of all time, sadly, largely forgotten now, despite winning the 1952 and 1953 World Championship. Killed in a practice crash at Monza, at the age of thirty-six, just days after surviving a crash into the Monaco harbour. Son of Antonio Ascari, one of the 1920's best racing drivers until he died in a race crash in 1925 also aged thirty-six, Alberto started racing in motorcycles before moving to cars in 1940 before the Second World War put his career in hiatus. (Last updated 22 Aug 2015)
Al Aspen 05 Jun 1893
Germantown, Pennsylvania
06 Nov 1959
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Full name Alfred. Based in Pennsylvania his entire life, he often did well in local races. Later worked in the shipbuilding industry. (Last updated 15 Jul 2012)
Scott Atchison 16 Jul 1962
Bakersfield, California

Now works as a mechanic and driving instructor. A star in US Formula Ford in 1985 and 1987 Super Formula Vee champion, Scott raced in CART for a while but never really achieved the results his promise showed. Also raced in Trans-Am and sportscars in 1989 and 1990. In the late 00's and early '10's, Scott also appeared at a few Baja 1000 events, but started his racing career in motorbikes. Now lives in Greenacres, California. (Last updated 22 Jul 2014)
Sonny Ates 28 Mar 1935
Sellersburg, Indiana
25 Oct 2010
Phoenix, Arizona
Real name is Charles. Died after a long period of ill-health. Before that he visited both current and historic events. (Last updated 20 Dec 2010)
Dick Atkins 23 Apr 1936
Oakland, California
13 Nov 1966
Gardena, California
Top sprint car racer, particularly in California, killed in a race at Ascot Park. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Manuel Ayulo 20 Oct 1921
Burbank, California
18 May 1955
Indianapolis, Indiana
Experienced racer, especially in California. Killed in practice for the Indy 500 when possible fatigue set in and he lost control. Ayulo was actually of Peruvian ancestry, as his father was the counsel to America when Manny was born. But the family later settled in America where Ayulo raced in hot rods in 1946, working as his own mechanic whilst racing. Although Ayulo impressed in midget cars, his 1954 season in Indycars, where he won twice and finished as runner-up in the National Championship was probably his best. (Last updated 22 Aug 2015)

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