Sunday, May 6, 2018

Al Putnam Born In Tulare, California - May 6, 1910

May 6, 1910 - September 15, 1946
Al Putnam

Born in Tulare, California, USA.
He moved to Indianapolis with his wife and two sons and worked as a research engineer for the LGS Spring Clutch Company. He attempted to qualify for the Indy 500 on seven occasions. He made the grid in 1938, 1940, 1941 and 1946. His best finish was 12th in 1941.

Putnam was killed during qualifying for the first dirt-car race to be held at the Indiana State Fair. He was on his last warm up lap before his qualifying attempt when he crashed into a concrete bridge support. The steering column crushing his chest causing fatal injuries.

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