Art Pollard Memorials

“The STP-Turbocar just makes driving at Indianapolis easier. Actually, it isn’t the turbine, but the four-wheel drive and the engineering and the chassis. It’s different to drive, too. You have to anticipate the throttle. There’s a lag there. It’s probably more psychological because of the instant response with a gas engine. You have to get on the turbine much sooner. If you wait too long, you bog down.”

Art Pollard, 1968

“In 1968 (in the STP-Turbocar at Indy) every lap was an adventure,” Art Pollard said later after the long grind. “I lost my brakes after sixty laps or so and it was all over then. I just had to stroke it. Boy, is it galling to sit back there at the rear of the pack. I like to run with the leaders and be competitive. That’s the only way.”

Pollard’s wreck (when he broke his leg in 1972) was a direct result of a broken right rear hub on his STP-Lola. When it snapped, Art lost a wheel, spun around and slammed into the third turn concrete.”

Article,  “Hospital Room Looks Like a Greenhouse,” Robin Miller, The Indianapolis Star, 1972

(1972 wreck at Speedway when he broke his leg) “I had no premonitions,” explained Pollard, “I just heard a little ping and that was it. It’s an awfully helpless feeling sitting in a car going 190 seeing the wall coming at you.”

Article, “Hospital Room Looks Like a Greenhouse,”  Robin Miller, The Indianapolis Star, 1972

(1972 wreck at Speedway when he broke his leg) Pollard said, “And I hit the wall a ton, too. A couple of the safety patrol guys helped me out—and when they let me down, my foot just kind of dangled around so I yelled, Hey fellas, I think you better come back and hold my foot up.”
(1972 wreck at Speedway when he broke his leg) “I hoped that we could just put a cast on it and I could still race, but doctors say there’s no way,” shrugged Pollard, while thumbing through a copy of George Blanda’s life story.

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The Life and Legacy of a Gentleman Racer.
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