Legendary IndyCar Driver Bill Vukovich II, Passed Away At 79

Legendary IndyCar Driver Bill Vukovich II, Passed Away At 79

Legendary IndyCar Driver Bill Vukovich II, son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bill Vukovich died at the age of 79.

Bill Vukovich II,  the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year in 1968, passed away on Sunday. On Monday, Indianapolis Motor Speedway confirmed the news of the death of Vukovich II.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway posted and wrote an official statement,

“Bill Vukovich II, the 1968 #Indy500 Rookie of the Year and a member of one of the race’s most prominent families, died Aug. 20,” the IMS Twitter account wrote. “He was 79. Vukovich made 12 Indy 500 starts between 1968-80, with a best result of second in 1973. Goodspeed, racer.”

In the 1968 Indy500 car race Vukovich II finished in the seventh position and that’s how he earned the title of his Rookie of the Year designation. In his racing career finished six times in the top 10 positions.

In his entire IndyCar career he competed in the 160 car races, logging 85 top-10 showings and 24 trips to the podium with one win in his career. It’s not only Vukovich II but his father Bill Vukovich, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner while his son Bill Vukovich III also won the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. Unlike Vukovich, they both died during the race.

Vukovich’s family has been in motorsports for three generations. Especially IndyCar is the legacy they adore.

In this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Vukovich family and friends.

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