Indianapolis, IN Motor Speedway Wreck, May 1934

Famous Car Racer Killed

Pete KREIS and His Aide Go Over Speedway Wall

By The Associated Press

Indianapolis, May 25. – A speeding race car hurtled from the course of the Indianapolis motor speedway today and carried to death its pilot, Pete KREIS, Knoxville, Tenn., sportsman, and his mechanic, Bob HAHN of Chico, Cal.

It was the first fatal accident of this year’s preliminaries to the annual Memorial day classic, but it brought to a total of 25 the deaths resulting from a quarter century of racing at the local track.

Not long after KREIS and HAHN were killed, Babe STAPP of Los Angeles and his mechanic, Chud HACHNEL, a fellow townsman, had a narrow escape. STAPP’S car hit an inside retaining wall not far from the spot where KREIS’ speedster had crashed. It bounded (sic) around out of control, but remained upright and the driver and mechanic escaped with only a shaking up.
The two accidents occurred while the drivers were out tuning up their cars preparatory to a resumption this afternoon of the time trials.

Undaunted by the mishap other drivers and mechanics continued their preparations for the race. Several were ready to make the qualifying run of 25 miles for which an average speed of 100 miles per hour is required.

Abilene Morning News, Abilene, TX 26 May 1934