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 Harold Bruce Jacobi
Born: June 23, 1935      Died: February 4, 1987
Home: Indianapolis, IN

Harold Bruce Jacobi was a racing driver from Salem, Indiana. He was killed in a NASCAR qualifying race after coming out of retirement to drive. At the time of his crash, he had a wife.

Jacobi came to the 1983 Daytona Speedweeks without a ride but picked one up with a smaller independent team driving the #05 Pontiac owned by Dennis Taylor by the time of the Twin 125 Qualifiers. Bruce started 33rd out of 35 cars in the first Twin 125 qualifier. He lost control of his car on the fifth lap at the exit of Turn 2 and flipped upon entering the grass infield, eventually coming to a stop near the inside dirt embankment. The car flipped end over end and it is speculated that his roll cage failed during the crash.

He competed in twenty Winston Cup Series events in his career, spanning from 1975 to 1983. Most of those races came in 1975, when Jacobi finished 25th in points after his only three career top-tens. Those top-ten efforts were bested by an 8th at Talladega.

He had 37 USAC Champ Car starts between 1960 and 1970, with a best finish of fourth at Springfield in 1970.

Subsequent death

Jacobi suffered extensive head injuries from the crash and was in a coma for almost four years before passing away at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

  

  

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Bruce Jacobi Crash at Daytona Feb. 17, 1983

 

One of Salem's "favorite sons," many of his racing memorabilia are kept at the Stevens Museum in Salem (812)883-6495. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery , Salem, Washington County, Indiana, USA

 
 
Winston Cup DRIVER Statistics
Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1975 40 15 of 30 0 0 3 0 3863 0 29,455 25 32.2 16.0
1976 41 3 of 30 0 0 0 0 621 0 3,385 73 37.7 30.7
1980 45 1 of 31 0 0 0 0 189 0 985 92 36.0 23.0
1981 46 1 of 31 0 0 0 0 117 0 955   35.0 30.0
4 years 20 0 0 3 0 4790 0 34,780   33.4 19.2

 


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