Sam Swank

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24 Aug 1893
Johnstown, Pennsylvania


02 Oct 1927
Akron, Ohio


United States

Indy 500s:

0 (1927)

Also known as Sammy. Largely raced in Pennsylania and Ohio. Worked as a foreman in a welding shop in Akron and as an automobile mechanic. Swank first raced in 1924, predominantly in Ohio for the first few years. His failed qualification for Indianapolis was because a supercharger failed on his car, entered by Pop Green. Killed in a board track crash when, on a qualifying attempt, the car suddenly swerved to the right, crashed through the fencing and over the bank.

Biography last updated 26 Sep 2014