January 10, 2013-Ward, Rahal, Cheever Happy Birthday and yesterdays answer.

According to my calculations, today, January 10th the day with the most Indy winners celebrating birthdays. Several dates have 2 but Rodger Ward (’59-’62) Bobby Rahal (’86) and Eddie Cheever (’98) share this unique distinction.

Yesterdays “who is this” picture was of 1955 champion Bob Sweikert. Bob had 5 starts at the Speedway and led 86 laps on his way to victory in ’55.

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Roger Ward was born in Beloit, KS.  He had 15 starts between 1951 and 1966 winning twice.  His best start was 2nd and he had 6 top fives to go with that.

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Above, Rodger Ward Jr. shows me his Dad’s 2 Indianapolis 500 winners rings.

Bobby Rahal was born in Medina, Ohio. He had 13 starts at Indy from 1982-1995 winning in 1986. He led 124 laps in 6 different races and finished in the top 5 five times.

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Eddie Cheever was born in Phoenix, AZ. He had 14 starts between 1990 and 2006 winning in 1998. He led 89 laps in 3 races with 4 top 5’s.

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