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Ralph Liguori

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

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

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Born:

10 Oct 1926
New York City, New York

Nationality:

United States

Grands Prix:

0 (1959)

Indy 500s:

0 (1959-1968)

Has raced AND won in an amazing seven decades, winning a minor race in 2000! His grandson races, whilst Ralph's son aids his career. Liguori himself lives 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.

Biography last updated 28 Dec 2016