Davey Jay Hamilton
(born June 13, 1962 in Nampa, Idaho
) is a race car driver in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
. He has made 50 series starts and while never winning a race, finished second 3 times. He placed second in series points in the 1996–1997 season
and again in 1998.
Hamilton had been proficient in supermodified racing
, as a frequent winner in various supermodified races, usually held in the northern areas of the United States.
In 2001 at the Texas Motor Speedway
, Jeret Schroeder
lost an engine exiting turn 2. This caused him to lose control of his car and make contact with Davey Hamilton's machine. Hamilton's car slammed into the wall, nearly getting caught in the catch fence, and beginning to spin a number of times before coming to rest against the inside retaining wall. Also involved in the crash was Sarah Fisher
. Hamilton suffered such severe injuries to his legs and feet, that doctors at one time believed that amputation would be the best option for him.
After the crash, Hamilton retired from the cockpit, and has undergone 21 operations to reconstruct his feet and legs. He began standing after five months of the crash, and spent a year in the wheelchair.
In 2010, after retiring from the 2010 Indianapolis 500
on the first lap, Hamilton referenced his 2001 crash while commenting on his early exit from the 500 by saying, "It’s the second-worst day of my racing career...and... Read More