Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"Former Indy-Car Driver" Bill Alsup Dies In Crane Accident - August 9, 2016

July 15, 1938 - August 9, 2016
Bill Alsup
(Photo; winners-circle.de)
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He was the first CART Rookie of the Year in 1979 and competed in the 1981 Indianapolis 500, finishing 11th. He made 57 CART & USAC Champ Car starts in his career. His best race finish of third came 3 times and he was the 1981 CART Championship runner-up, putting in a winless but consistent season for Penske Racing, his only effort with a top-level team. He returned to his own team the next year and struggled until leaving Champ Car following the 1984 Sanair Super Speedway race. He also competed in Can-Am and IMSA endurance racing.

Alsup died in a crane accident near Silverton, Colorado where he was a long-term resident on August 9, 2016. He was driving a crane up an embankment when it toppled and fell on him, according to the Silverton Standard. The 78-year-old died instantly.

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