Floyd Roberts

Friday 12th February 1904

Born on this day, Floyd Roberts, an AAA driver who raced in the 1930’s. He won the Indianapolis 500 in 1938 with a record speed of 117.2 mph. He led for 92 laps. The following year, 1939, driving the same car, he was killed in a crash on the backstretch after hitting a wooden fence at near 100 mph. Roberts was the first former winner and defending champion of the race to have been killed while competing.

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