MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Jim Rathmann, the 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner, has died. He was 83.
Son Jimmy Rathmann said in an e-mail message to Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials that his father died Wednesday at a hospice facility in Melbourne, nine days after having a seizure at his home.
Rathmann, second in the Indy 500 in 1952, ’57 and ’59, was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007. He won the 500-mile Race of Two Worlds in 1958 in Monza, Italy,
From 1949 to 1963, Rathmann made 42 IndyCar starts, drove in three NASCAR races and started twice in the Race of Two Worlds, winning seven times.