Eddie Sachs competed in eight Indianapolis 500s between 1957 and his death in the 1964 race.
He won the pole position in 1960 and again in 1961. That was the year he dueled with A.J. Foyt in the final laps and might have won had he risked blowing a badly worn tire. Instead he pitted, knowing there were worse fates for a race car driver than coming in second.
Sachs' death came in the 1964 race when Dave MacDonald crashed carrying a fuel tank designed big enough to last a full race. It exploded and as Sachs came up behind. He couldn't see through the thick, black smoke and crashed into MacDonald's still-moving car, setting off another explosion.