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 Scott Brayton

Scott Brayton

Birth
Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan, USA
Death 17 May 1996 (aged 37)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section 17
Memorial ID 5382 · View Source
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Auto Race Car Driver. He was the son of Lee Brayton. Scott began his career during the mid-1980sby helping to introduce the Buick stock-block V-6 engine to Indianapolis. In 1985, he qualified 2nd and set the one lap Indianapolis Motor Speedway track record in the process. He dropped out early and finished 30th when the engine expired. He would not finish the race again until 1989, when he scored his best finish at the Speedway, 6th place but seven laps down. He would equal this finishing position in 1993, driving a Lola-Cosworth for Dick Simon Racing. Scott joined the Indy-only Menards team in 1994. Scott won his first Indy 500 pole position in 1995 at an average speed of 231.604 mph. In 1996, Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George established the Indy Racing League, and Team Menard signed up to compete in their first full season of IndyCar racing. Scott asserted his competitiveness by winning his second Indy pole after a dramatic qualifying session in which he withdrew an already-qualified car to get a second chance at taking the top spot. On May 17, Scott was making a practice run on May 17 in his backup car when it blew a tire going into turn two, spun and hit the outside retaining wall at more than 230 mph. The car scrubbed off virtually no speed as it spun, and as the car impacted the wall on its left side, the force was such that Scott's head also impacted the wall. He was killed instantly by the severe impact. He competed in 14 Indianapolis 500s, beginning with the 1981 event. Scott was 37 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife and child.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 6 May 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5382
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Scott Brayton (20 Feb 1959–17 May 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5382, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .