TOLEDO, Ohio – Rollie Beale, one of the most respected USAC drivers of all time, has died at the age of 84.
The 1973 USAC National Sprint Car Champion was enshrined in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996. His USAC career, which ran from 1965 to 1977, included 32 sprint car feature victories, 10th on the all-time list.
Arguably one of his biggest career wins came in the prestigious Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 1966. A competitor in USAC Silver Crown and National Championship (Indy car) wins as well, his best Indy car finish was a ninth in 1968 at Trenton, N.J.
After retiring as a driver, he spent several years as the Chief Steward for USAC’s Silver Crown and National Sprint Car Series. In 1991 he was the winner of USAC’s Ross Hadley award for dedication to our sport.