William (Speed) Gardner

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02 Jul 1895
East Liberty, Pennsylvania


25 Apr 1972
Bayonet Point, Florida


United States

Indy 500s:

3 (1929-1933)

AAA driver between 1922-1933, with a number of Indianapolis attempts. Retired after a big crash during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. Gardner primarily raced either on dirt ovals or board ovals. A regular in the big car races in 1930 and 1931, Gardner's best result was a 5th place finish at Altoona in June 1930, a track that he had a lot of good finishes at, but his best performance was probably that of his first Indianapolis 500 start in 1929; despite qualifying way down the pack, he finished an impressive sixth.

Biography last updated 30 Jul 2017