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 James R. Packard

James R. Packard

Birth
Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Death 1 Oct 1960 (aged 29)
Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Plot Section P, Garden of Prayer, Row 89, Grave 1
Memorial ID 19356 · View Source
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Auto Race Car Driver. A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, he had moved to Indianapolis on behalf of his racing career. Driving the #42 Stearly Motor Freight Special, he won a USAC championship car race at Springfield, Illinois on August 20, 1960. He then scored a sixth place finish at Milwaukee on August 28, and a fifth place finish at DuQuoin, Illinois on September 5. For these performances, he was considered one of the most promising drivers on the USAC Championship circuit when he tragically lost his life on October 1, 1960 when his car flipped during a qualification attempt for a midget race at Fairfield, Illinois.

Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 5 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19356
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James R. Packard (23 Sep 1931–1 Oct 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19356, citing Floral Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .