Tom Sneva suffered one of the crucial well-known crashes at Indianapolis in the course of the 1975 race, his second. He survived this spectacular crash in flip two on lap 125. After touching wheels with Eldon Rasmussen, 26-year-old Sneva flipped up into the catch fence and tore his automobile in half. The engine on Sneva’s automobile ripped off in an enormous fire-flash, and the automobile got here to relaxation upright with Sneva trapped within the cockpit. Sneva miraculously suffered solely minor accidents, suffered principally minor burns on 15% of his physique within the fiery crash. He walked away from the wreck with help from the security crews to the ambulance however was positioned within the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital, primarily for lung points because of the fireplace retardant. Describing the crash years later Sneva quipped, “In a situation like that it’s important to talk to yourself: ‘Faint, you coward, faint!'”
Thomas “Tom” Sneva (born June 1, 1948) is a retired American race automobile driver, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1983. He primarily raced in Indy vehicles, and was named to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005. A former math instructor from Spokane, Washington, Sneva’s win at Indianapolis adopted a number of runner-up finishes and notable crashes. Nicknamed “The Gas Man,” he was an excellent qualifier, profitable the pole place 3 times (1977, 1978, 1984). He was additionally the quickest qualifier on a fourth event in 1981, however due to qualifying guidelines didn’t begin the race from the pole place. Sneva received two consecutive USAC National Championships for Indy vehicles in 1977 and 1978.