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. He won the Pikes Peak hill climb in
1954 after finishing second in 1953. 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
and got into a big wreck early in the race. He
was able to get restarted and ended up
Andrews was looking for a ride at Indy in 1957
when he got the opportunity to be the backup
driver for Nino Farina, 50, and his new light-
weight $25,000 #62 car.
Andrews tested the car on May 11th and took it
out again on May 16th.
As he was entering Turn 4, he got below 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
Survivors included his wife Glenice and two
daughters, Marilyn (11) and Sandra Lee(2).
Year Car No. Car Laps Start Finish
1955 31 McDaniel 120- ignition 28 20
1956 89 Dunn Engineering 97 - spun in T4 20 26
1957 62 Farina Died in practice crash
|Keith Andrews waving to crowd after
qualifying for 1956 Indy 500
|The car after the accident
|The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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