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Art Pollard places and events
Art Pollard Day In May
World of Speed Motorsports Museum
QUOTES AND FACTS
“Art Pollard Day in May” Legacy — Indystar.com, Ruth Holladay wrote in May, 2003:
“It was just a genuine affection between a down-to-earth Oregonian, who came to professional racing later in life, and Indianapolis kids known as ‘very tough cases’ in treatment at the state psychiatric facility.”
Art Pollard: He Read Kids’ Sensitivities, article by Fremont Power, The Indianapolis Star.
Pollard never reached out to draw a child to him, the hospital staff remembers. He waited until they came to him. “It’s kind of a sixth sense when to cuddle a child,” Dr. McNabb said. “I never saw Art make a mistake with them.”
“The racing grandfather’s best ‘500’ finish was in 1967 when he qualified a Turbocharger Offy at 163.897, and placed 8th.”
“Art Pollard Dies in Fiery Crash” The Indianapolis News, May 12, 1973
Rex Miller, racing photographer: “I felt cheated because of Art’s fatal crash on the other end of the track. I hurt deep inside because I wanted more … not just more time with Art, but time for Art. He was not just a man in a driver’s suit.”
As race journalist, Robin Miller, said in the eulogy and has been said by others, Art Pollard was “kind, generous, friendly, outgoing, persistent, honest, gentlemanly, optimistic, competitive, even-tempered, vibrant”. These words describe a few of the qualities of this exceptional person who was also a great race driver.
Race drivers know that winning is everything! But I dare to say, that as important as that was, and a driving force in Dad’s life—the people he met along the way agree that he was a winner in more ways than one.
Judy Pollard Dippel, Art’s daughter