Norm Batten

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30 Apr 1893
East Orange, New Jersey


12 Nov 1928
lost at sea aboard the SS Vestris


United States

Indy 500s:

4 (1925-1928)

Died when the ship, in poor condition, sank, one day out of New York. He was heading to Argentina to race during the winter. Batten perished whilst trying to save a fellow passenger. His bravery had already been shown on track, when in 1927, his car caught fire on the main straight at the Indianapolis 500. Despite the car being completely ablaze, Batten steered it to the end of the pit-lane and safety to avoid an even worse tragedy. Batten was a successful board track racer but was in demand as a relief driver, and was the relief driver to Pete de Paolo when he won the 1925 Indianapolis 500.

Biography last updated 31 Aug 2015