Elmer Dempsey

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13 Jun 1897
St. Louis, Missouri


08 Dec 1929
Tampa, Florida


United States

Indy 500s:

1 (1924)

Relief driver based in St.Louis. Flew fighter planes in World War 1, and was a noted local aviator, although he survived a plane crash in 1922 in which his passenger died. Also worked as a chauffeur and had business links with Herbert Scheel, which saw him get his chance at Indy. Died only a few years after his Indy attempt when he was attempting an aeroplane refueling endurance record - the aeroplane, having just being topped off with fuel, crashed on takeoff.

Biography last updated 15 Jul 2012