Ralph Liguori

Ralph Liguori. Copyright Wally Thulin, 2019. Used with Permission.

Ralph Liguori. Copyright Wally Thulin, 2019. Used with Permission.


10 Oct 1926
New York City, New York


22 Jul 2020
Tampa, Florida


United States

Grands Prix:

0 (1959)

Indy 500s:

0 (1959-1968)

Raced AND won in an amazing seven decades, winning a minor race in 2000! To keep the family legacy going, his grandson raced, with help from his father. Liguori himself lived in Tampa, Florida. Ralph was actually skilled at another sport - diving - as a youngster, becoming proficient at 3 metre diving. He had ambitions to compete in what would've been the 1940 Olympic Games as a teenager before World War 2 began. He left school to join the Navy as soon as he was old enough before joining the family clothes firm as a dress designer. Ralph watched a midget race and took up the sport thereafter, initially in midgets before becoming a NASCAR stock car driver. He moved to Tampa in 1956, later building and running the Sunshine trailer park there. An accomplished sprint car driver, his monumental effort to make the Indianapolis 500 grid was ultimately unsuccessful, being denied by a broken arm, a broken wrist and two broken engines. In 1970, he finished second in the USAC Hoosier Hundred ahead of AJ Foyt in arguably his finest racing moment.

Biography last updated 22 Jul 2020