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INDY 500 MEMORIAL - 1937
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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Fatalities - May 1937
Albert Opalko - riding mechanic
Albert Opalko, 26, of Gary Indiana, rode as mechanic for
Frank 'Wildman' McGurk of Los Angeles - right into the

The control on McGurk's car had locked at 119 mph in the
1st turn during a practice lap.  To obtain one of the 33
starting positions in this race, McGurk had to average
more than 105 mph for ten qualification laps.  He was
apparently having no difficulty attaining  the required
speed, having averaged 118 mph for four laps.  Suddenly
a connecting rod cracked through the engine block.  Both
drivers were thrown clear of the car as it pitched end over
end into the infield.  McGurk had a broken arm and head
lacerations.  Albert Opalko was killed instantly.
Albert Opalko
The wreck of Frank McGurk and Albert Opalko