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INDY 500 MEMORIAL - 1930
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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Fatalities - May 1926
Herbert Jones - driver
He was 21 years old in 1925 - the youngest driver in his
first Indy race.  His Jones-Whitaker Special caught fire,
burning him slightly; and he failed to finish.  He was also
the youngest driver at Indy for the 1926 race.  

Herbert Jones had relatively little racing experience
(about four years), but he had great determination.  When
he returned to the track his second year, he showed real
promise.  He completed the first qualifying lap at 105.67
mph, a speed which would have put him in the race if he
had maintained that average.  Only 10 of the cars that
qualified exceeded that speed average.  But on the
second lap, as he rode high around the northwest turn,
his Miller-motored Elcar Special dashed away from him
while still traveling at about 105 mph.  The car slipped
down to the inside retaining wall where it skidded,
smashed to the left front wheel, and overturned .  It
skidded and twisted across the track until it crashed into
the outside wall, then rolled about 200 yards before it
came to rest with Jones still in the cockpit.  He pulled
himself clear of the wreckage and collapsed.

Jones fractured his skull when the car turned over.  He
died the following afternoon and was survived by his
mother.  Jones, born and reared in indianapolis, worked
for Haag Drug Company and chauffeured for
Miss
Lenore Haag
.

Frank Lockhart, the "boy wonder," won the exciting
1926 race in the rain.  It was his first 500 at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and he was driving Pete
Kreis's car because Kreis was ill with flu.  Lockhart was
only 23 years old, had qualified at an average speed of
95.783, had set a 1-lap record of 120.918, and had
started 20th in the field.  (Lockhart was fatally injured in
1928 at Daytona Beach.)  
John Diff from England drove
Jone's car in the race, starting 28th and finishing 9th.
Herbert Jones
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN
Herbert Jones's Indy Record
Year   Car No.     Car                    Laps Completed             Start    Finish
1925        29        Jones-Whitaker        69 -wrecked T1        17         19
1926        18        Elcar Special           Wrecked T4 - died