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INDY 500 MEMORIAL - 1996
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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Fatalities - May 17, 1996
Scott Brayton - driver
05/17/96 - Indy Racing League driver Scott Brayton
died after crashing in a practice session at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway. Brayton was 37 years old and qualified
for the 1996 pole position.

Brayton would have started his 15th Indy 500. He has
raced in 148 Indy Car events over the course of his career.
He is survived by his wife, Becky; daughter Carly, 2 1/2;
and his parents, Lee and Jean.

Brayton's tragic accident occurred when he blew a tire
going into turn two, which caused his car to spin and hit
the outside retaining wall. The crash happened at 12:17
pm. Brayton was pulled from the wreck unconscious; he
was pronounced dead at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital
at 12:50 pm.

Brayton was not driving the car he used to qualify for the
pole, but a different Lola-Menard racer. His crew said he
was traveling 235 mph when he hit the wall. His car slid
360 feet along the wall before spinning out into the back
straightaway where it slid another 600 feet before
stopping.

Brayton was the 40th Indy 500 driver to die during practice,
qualifying or the race. A total of 66 people have died at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Scott's first Indy 500 was in 1981. A Scott Brayton award
is now given after the Indy 500 to a driver who exhibits
Scott's great attitude.
Brayton's Indy Record
Scott Brayton
Year   Car No.     Car                    Laps Completed             Start    Finish
1981        37        Forsythe            173 - engine                    29        16
1983        37        SME                  195                                    29          9
1984        37        Buick Dealers   150 - Tranny                     26        18
1985        37        Hardee's             19 - cylinder wall               2        30
1986        71        Hardee's             69 - engine                      23        30
1987        91        Amway              167 - engine                      13        12
1988        91        Amway                  0 - accident                      7        31
1989        22        Amway               193                                       6         6
1990        22        Amway               194                                      26        7
1991        22        Amway               146 - engine                      19        17
1992        22        Amway                 93 - engine                        7         22
1993        22        Amway               200                                      11        6
1994        59        Glidden              116 - engine                        23        20
1995        60        Quaker State     190                                        1        17
Forest Lawn Memorial Park_Glendale_CA
Oak Grove Cemetery, Oakbrook, MI