Neal Carter

Neal Carter, 1952. Copyright Geno Felice, 2017. Used with Permission.

Neal Carter, 1952. Copyright Geno Felice, 2017. Used with Permission.


30 Aug 1923
Wapakoneta, Ohio


23 Apr 2019
Bradenton, Florida


United States

Grands Prix:

0 (1952)

Indy 500s:

0 (1952)

Another midget legend, who died recently after becoming increasingly frail from a number of strokes. Instrumental in the medical and safety development in US single-seaters in the 1980's. Carter returned to Indianapolis in 2011 to appear in the historic car display to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the '500. Neal got into the sport by noticing a poster advertising a midget race whilst riding his motorcycle and was hooked - but went to his mother for a loan to buy a car. She agreed thinking it would be a road car to get him off the bike... only later did she realise she'd bought him a race car! Neal soon paid her back with many a midget win, before retiring in 1955 to concentrate on raising his family. After racing he worked for a number of car dealers, before becoming a service manager for a number of Chevrolet dealerships and then for a car leasing firm. He was was inducted in 1997 to the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame and in 1999 to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. His first name was actually Matthew. He was also involved in the construction of the Quarter Midget racetrack at the Lucas County Rec Center in Maumee, Ohio.

Biography last updated 1 May 2019