Jan Opperman

Jan Opperman

Birth
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 4 Sep 1997 (aged 58)
Fountain, Bay County, Florida, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 7110846 · View Source
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Race car driver known as "The King of the Outlaws". Two time starter of the Indianapolis 500, finishing 21st in 1974 and 16th in 1976. Legendary sprint car driver. Winner of the prestigious Tony Hulman Classic, Terre Haute Action Track 1976; National Supermodified Champion 1971, Knoxville, Ia.; Two time National Supermodified Champion 1971 & 72, Phoenix, Az; World Dirt Track Champion 1973. Critically injured in the 1976 USAC Hoosier 100 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis. Resumed racing after a full recovery only to suffer a career ending injury at Jennerstown, Pa on June 20, 1981. A man of strong spiritual belief, Jan Opperman was very popular with his fellow drivers, the media and fans. Cause of death: Lingering injuries received in a racing accident.

Bio by: Jim Adams


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Jim Adams
  • Added: 23 Jan 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7110846
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jan Opperman (9 Feb 1939–4 Sep 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7110846, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.