Al Keller

Race car driver, Deceased Person

1920 – 1961

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Who was Al Keller?

Al Keller was an American racecar driver.

Keller participated in the NASCAR "Strictly Stock"/"Grand National" series from 1949 to 1956 with 29 career starts. He won two races during the 1954 season and was the first driver in the history of NASCAR's top division to have won a race in a foreign-built car, winning the 1954 Grand National road-race at the Linden Airport in New Jersey, driving a Jaguar owned by big band leader Paul Whiteman.

In 1954 Keller began a transition to Champ Cars. He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1954-1959 and 1961 seasons with 32 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in all but the first of those years. He was involved in the crash that killed Bill Vukovich in 1955. He finished in the top ten 13 times, with his best finish in 2nd position, in 1956 at Atlanta and in 1961 at Milwaukee. His best Indy finish was 5th in 1961.

Keller died as a result of injuries sustained in a fiery Champ Car crash at the Arizona State Fairgrounds track.

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Born
Apr 11, 1920
United States of America
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Nov 19, 1961
Phoenix

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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