In Tom Sneva went airborne into the catch fence in turn 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after touching wheels with another car. He survived with minor injuries. (Courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
Tom Sneva, driving a McLaren M24/Cosworth TC entered by Roger Penske, was the first driver to turn an official lap above 200 mph when he qualified on the pole position in 1977. Sneva was above 200 mph on his first two qualifying laps, but the third and fourth laps were slower and left him with a four lap average of 198.884 mph.
Swede Savage crashed horrifically during the 1973 Indy A pit crew member rushing to his aid was struck and killed by a track fire truck. Swede himself was conscious and initially survived the crash, but died 33 days later due to complications.