Jimmy Snyder

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10 Mar 1909
Englewood, Illinois


29 Jun 1939
East St. Louis, Illinois


United States

Indy 500s:

5 (1935-1939)

Killed in a minor midget event. An excellent midget driver, Snyder was a former milkman. He was particularly good on board and dirt track racing. The Cahokia circuit was named in his honour after his death. Snyder began his career in 1932 buying a roadster for 350 dollars and entered a race at Crown Point, Indiana. In 1937, Snyder set a one-lap record of 130.492 miles per hour during Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Just before his death, Snyder had come second at the Indianapolis 500. He also won the first Chicago Indoor Racing Championship in 1934 and largely stayed in the US Midwest so he could stay close to his wife and three children.

Biography last updated 5 Feb 2017