Salt Walther

Salt Walther. Copyright Russ Creason, 2012. Used with Permission.

Salt Walther. Copyright Russ Creason, 2012. Used with Permission.


David "Salt" Walther, Indianapolis 500, 2006. Copyright Michael Portaro (www.mp2photography.com), 2012. Used with Permission.


22 Nov 1947
Dayton, Ohio


27 Dec 2012
Trotwood, Ohio


United States

Indy 500s:

7 (1971-1991)

Real name David. Salt's life was ultimately a tragic one following the 1973 crash at the Indianapolis 500, which led to a sad downfall. He was in and out of jail, mostly over non-payment of child support, child endangerment, and drugs. The drug addiction stemmed from painkillers to help him with the '73 crash, and one hand was so badly burnt, he had to wear a glove. 2003 saw a brief purple patch, where took on part of the business interests his recently deceased dad had, then re-married and even returned to racing via Infinti Pro and being a crew member. However, this didn't last long and in 2007, he was jailed for 5 years for non-payment of demands, violating terms of his probation and for leading the police on a high-speed chase. He was briefly back out of jail in 2012, and so then attended historic events, before going back to jail for incidents related to his 2007 problems. It was with much surprise, and sadness, albeit some inevitability, that the motor racing learnt of his sudden death in the last few days of 2012.

Biography last updated 29 Dec 2012