Don Freeland

posted 2007-11-07 10:51:23 by grendel

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Don Freeland, who drove in the Indianapolis 500 eight times and finished third in 1956, has died. He was 82.

Freeland, of Torrance, Calif., died Friday in San Diego after a period of declining health, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Tuesday.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, Freeland began racing roadsters shortly after the war and moved up to AAA and USAC competition in 1952. He had 36 top-10 finishes and was third in the 1956 USAC championship points.

Freeland drove at Indianapolis from 1953-60