Throttle-back Thursday: Remembering Walt Hansgen

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Before his crash, however, Hansgen had an accomplished racing career -- he finished the Indianapolis five hundred twice and also raced in the twenty-four Hours of Daytona and Le Mans, and the twelve Hours of Sebring.

Throttle-back Thursday: Remembering Walt Hansgen

Looking back at an accomplished racer who died practicing for Le Mans

While testing a seven-liter Ford GT40 Mk2 for the one thousand nine hundred sixty-six Le Mans, racer Walt Hansgen crashed into a spectator barrier, dying from the injuries four days later, on April 7, one thousand nine hundred sixty-six. Before his crash, however, Hansgen had an accomplished racing career -- he finished the Indianapolis five hundred twice and also raced in the twenty-four Hours of Daytona and Le Mans, and the twelve Hours of Sebring.

Hansgen won the short-lived Bridgehampton Grand Prix in one thousand nine hundred sixty-fourth, in a Chevy-powered Scarab Mk4. Apparently thinking one long-distance race win a mo was too easy, he doubled up with the Road America five hundred at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, in a Ferrari two hundred fifty LM.

Check out results from those two races and more memories of Hansgen from the Autoweek archives.

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