Former F1 driver Kevin Cogan today celebrates his 56th birthday!
The American contested just two Formula 1 Grands Prix between 1980-1, failing to qualify either a RAM-Williams or Tyrrell in his respective outings. But he is much more famous for a series of bizarre and violent accidents in his subsequent IndyCar career…
Having shown huge potential without winning a race, Cogan was signed to the Penske team for 1982 and broke the then-lap record qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, beaten to pole only by his team-mate Rick Mears.
But by the end of race day, Cogan was out of favour with many a fan and IndyCar figure after he triggered a multi-car accident on the warm-up lap that took out AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti:
After four winless seasons with Penske, he was fired from the team and joined Patrick Racing and won the 1986 race at Phoenix, and also narrowly missed out on winning the Indy 500.
Cogan had a monster accident during the 1989 Indianapolis 500 when he spun and hit the end of the pit wall, obliterating his car:
He had yet another another accident in the 1991 race in which he hit Roberto Guerrero – breaking his arm and leg – and finally retired at the end of 1993.
[Image via F1 Nostalgia]
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