Ray Keech


Ray Keech

Ray Keech (born May 1, 1900 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania - June 15 1929) was a board track and brick track racer in the 1920s. He is best remembered for winning the 1929 Indianapolis 500, and for setting a land speed record.

Career

Land speed record

Keech set the land speed record of 207.55 mph (334.02 km/h) on April 22, 1928. He set the record at the Daytona Beach Road Course in the 81-liter triple-engined internal combustion White Triplex 'Spirit of Elkdom'.

His record was broken by Henry Segrave on March 11, 1929. In 1929 Keech was asked by Triplex owner J. M. White to attempt to break the new record in the Triplex. Keech wisely declined. White hired Lee Bible, who rolled the car and died in his second attempt to set the record.

Car racing

He won the first race at the Michigan State Fairgrounds in 1928. He finished in second place in the season points in the American Automobile Association (AAA).

He qualified sixth for the 1929 Indianapolis 500. Louis Meyer was leading the race, until he lost oil pressure on lap 157. Keech passed for the lead as Meyer's engine refused to fire after he went to the pits to get more oil. Keech led the rest of the race.

He died sixteen days later in a racing accident at the Altoona 200-Mile Race in Tipton, Pennsylvania on June 15, 1929.

Death

He was buried at the Hephzibah cemetery in Modena, Pennsylvania in Chester County.

Indy 500 results

External links

* [http://www.indy500.com/stats/drivers.php?drivername=Ray%20Keech Indianapolis 500 career statistics]
* [http://www.champcarstats.com/drivers2/KeechRay.htm Champ Car statistics]
* [http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=139 Motorsports Memorial]


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