Know as 'Vuky' or the 'Mad Russian' for his intense driving style. He was also know as the 'Silent Serb' for his cool demeanor. He won the Indy 500 twice, in 1953 and 1954. He was holding a 17-second lead on the 57th lap of the race in 1955, going for his hat trick, when he was killed in a crash.
Bill Vukovich died 65 years ago, he was 37
The only American-born driver to win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship (Mario Andretti, an Italian American driver, won the World Drivers' Championship in 1978, but was not born in the United States). He also scored three wins at each of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring sports car races.