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Bill Puterbaugh 1936-2017

Bill Puterbaugh, who qualified once the dark trying to make his first Indianapolis 500 and then came back to be rookie-of-the-year in 1975, passed away Monday at the age of 81 in an Indianapolis hospice.A burly sprint car driver that came from IMCA to USAC in the late '60s, Bill and was given his initial opportunity at IMS in 1968 when USAC refused to give Danny Ongais a license. It wasn't a vary good car, but it was Indy and it was a chance. As rain shoved Bump Day later and later, Bill Cheesburg and Puterbaugh were given the option of going out when the brightest things appeared to be the scoring tower light (below). They both opted to qualify, but their speeds were too slow to make the...
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