1971 Indy 500: The Pace Car That Almost Caused Disaster

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The car in question was a 1971 Dodge Challenger and is probable one of the most infamous in the Indy 500.

Today, the car sits in a warehouse in Fishers, fully restored, but back in that fateful day, it almost spelt catastrophe for the people in the photography stand.

Eldon Palmer who was a car dealer in Indiana drove the Dodge Challenger, leading 33 race cars around the overall and then turned into the pit lane towards the camera stand. the brakes on the Challenger locked up, ploughing straight into the camera stand at roughly 60 mph.
Nobody in the car was hurt, but the whole camera stand was taken out, leaving photographers tumbling onto the concrete floor. Some suffered broken bones and were hospitalised for weeks. luckily though, there were no fatalities.

The car is now owned by Steve Cage, owner of Stratosphere Quality, who has the car as part of his muscle car collection.


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