Thursday, February 9, 2017

Marshall Teague Sets Closed Course Speed Record - February 9, 1959

February 9, 1959
Marshall Teague
(Photo; www.notinhalloffame.com)
Teague set an unofficial closed course speed record of 171.821 mph. He was piloting a reconfigured Indy car "Sumar Special" streamliner, a Kurtis-Kraft chassis with a Meyer-Drake Offenhauser 270 engine, streamlined fenders, and a canopy enclosing the driver, thus being classified as Formula Libre.

Teague died attempting to go even faster on February 11, 1959. Teague pushed the speed envelope to an estimated 140 mph." His car spun and flipped through the third turn and Teague was thrown, seat and all, from his car. He died nearly instantly.


Teague's achievements include; 1951 & 1952 Daytona Beach Road Course Strictly Stock Car winner and named 1951 AAA Stock Car Driver of the Year. He won the 1952 & 1954 AAA National Stock Car championship.

Teague was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame in 1968, the National Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1988, the TRS/NASCAR Mechanics Hall of Fame in 1989, and the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1991.

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