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    Indpls Motor Speedway Press Release RE: Jerry Sneva

    ...and only 69 years of age, too :

    http://view.email.brickyard.com/?qs=...576eb6ee2a01fe

    RIP, Jerry. BP
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    Bob, that was Jerry Sneva, not Tom...
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    It was Jerry that passed away.. Not Tom...

    1977 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Sneva Passes at 69

    INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 - Jerry Sneva, the 1977 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, passed away Saturday, Jan. 27 in Indianapolis. He was 69.
    Sneva, a younger brother of 1983 Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva, made five career starts in the "500," with his highest finish of 10th in his rookie run of 1977. His best start was an impressive fifth in 1980.
    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

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    Thanks, Jeff and Gary. Duly noted and corrected. BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

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    What a tragic yet interesting story at the same time! I didn't know about Jerry Sneva or that stint with an AMC car. Made for interesting reading.
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    Saw the Sneva Brothers racing CAMRA modifieds several times on the 1/2 mile Portland Speedway oval. The last couple times with a very sophisticated rear engine version.
    Their Dad Ed Sneva was the car builder and he was ahead of the curve by Northwest standards.
    Now that I think about it, the last Sneva Brother I saw race locally was Blaine Sneva.
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    RIP Jerry. Good story about his qualifying with the on off switch. Thanks Bob!

    I loved it during the early days of ground effects when Tom would go out to qualify with a smaller wing than anybody else. Once he took out a car with no rear wing at all and practiced. But on pole day they rolled his car out with a rear wing the size of a boomerang. I cannot remember the result but he won more than his share of poles.

    I saw him up close once and was surprised to see how small he was.

    Nothing small about his courage though.

    ...and he was always willing to speak his mind.
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