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Fatalities - May 16, 1957

Keith Andrews - driver

Keith Andrews was born in Denver on June 6, 1920. He began racing roasdsters in 1947 and progressed to midgets. He won the Colorado midget championship three years straight from 1952-54. An Air Force veteran, he ownded a auto repair garage in Colorado Springs.

He moved up to big cars and made his debut at Indy in 1955, qualifying on the last day. He finished 20th that year. He raced the next year, but he got into a big wreck early in the race, but got restarted and finished 26th. He was looking for a ride at Indy in 1957, when he got the opportunity to be the backup driver for Nino Farina and his new light-weight $25,000 #62 car. He tested it on May 11th and took it out again on May 16th.

Keith Andrews - 1956
Keith Andrews - May 1956

He was entering Turn 4 when he got low under the white line. He was clocked at 136 mph. His car went into a 360-degree spin, slid 755 feet and hit the 6-inch inside retaining wall, breaking it. He bounced back 300 feet toward the white line sideways, then abruptly spun 3/4 of the way around and slid another 450 feet backwards into the wall again, breaking it again for 10 feet and pushing out a metal guard rail two feet. The back end of the car shoved the battered Andrews up against his steering wheel breaking his neck and killing him.

Survivors included his wife Glenice and two daughters, Marilyn (11) and Sandra Lee(2).

Keith Andrew's Indy 500 Record

Year Car# Car Laps completed Start Finish
1955 31 McDaniel 102- drop in pits 28 20
1956 89 Dunn Engineering 94 - transmission 20 26

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