Swede Savage was an American race car driver, auto racing
champion, and two-time Indianapolis 500 participant
whose racing career began innocently at age 5, in a
soap-box derby. Quarter midget racing followed at age
11. By the time he was 12, he'd participated in over
300 races and won 142 trophies, before moving into
motorcycle racing. By age 15, he'd turned pro and
would ultimately win 34 professional races. He then
moved up to Can-Am auto racing, the Trans-Am series,
NASCAR (then called Grand National), then the Indy car
Swede Savage was the youngest USAC victor ever,
when he won the 1970 Phoenix Bobby Ball 150.
He suffered severe burns, broken bones and other
internal injuries in a fiery crash at the 1973
Indy 500, and would later die as a result of his
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: David Earl Savage, Jr.
Date and place of birth: August 26, 1946, San Bernardino, California, U.S.A.
Date, time, place and cause of death: July 2, 1973, at 9:40 a.m.,
Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
(Kidney failure and pneumonia, as a result of
injuries sustained in a crash at the Indy 500)
Father: David Earl Savage, Sr.
Mother: Joetta Savage
Burial site: Mt. View Cemetery, San Bernardino, California
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