Eddie Sachs ... Born ... He was known as the "Caped Crusader of Auto Racing" and "Clown Prince of Auto Racing" for his personality at the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. His career included eight USAC Championship Trail wins, 25 top-five finishes in 65 career AAA and USAC starts, including the 1958 USAC Midwest Sprint Car Championship. He won consecutive pole positions (1960-1961) for the Indianapolis 500, finishing second in 1961 for his best finish. Sachs and sports car driver and Indy rookie Dave MacDonald were killed on the second lap of the 1964 Indianapolis 500 in a fiery crash involving seven cars.
A.J. Foyt won the USAC Sprint Car race over Chuck Hulse, Bob Cleberg, Mickey Shaw and Elmer George at the Indianapolis Raceway Park (5/8d), Indianapolis, IN.
Al Unser won the Indianapolis 500.
Darrell Waltrip won the World 600 over Donnie Allison at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC.
Emerson Fittipaldi won the Indy 500 with a thrilling ending. Al Unser Jr. took the lead from Fittipaldi and appeared to be well on his way to his first victory at the Brickyard. Fittipaldi, however, caught Unser in traffic on the second-to-last lap. As the two blazed into Turn 3 neck and neck, their cars converged, and Unser's spun and crashed into the concrete wall. Fittipaldi cruised to victory with ease, while Unser, uninjured from his crash, ran to the track's edge and applauded his triumphant teammate.