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Robert Charles "Bob" Cortner (born April 16, 1927 in Redlands, San Bernardino County, California, USA – died May 19, 1959 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana, USA) was a United States automobile racing driver. He was killed while attempting to qualify for his first Formula One race.

Career[]

Before Formula One[]

Cortner had a successful ten year career in midget car racing. He was also the 1957 Bay Cities Racing Association outdoor champion.

1958[]

Cortner entered the Indianapolis 500, but failed the rookie orientation test and was not allowed to attempt to qualify.

1959[]

In 1959, Cortner passed the rookie test for the Indianapolis 500, giving him the chance to take part in the 1959 Indianapolis 500.

Death[]

The track was windy during Cortner's qualifying attempt for the Indianapolis 500. On his attempt, Cortner's car was caught in a crosswind which sent the car to the infield. The car then shot across the track, plunging into the outer wall. Cortner struck his head off of the steering wheel and was transported to the hospital, where he later died of head injuries.

Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos.
1958 McKay Bulldog Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 0 NC
1959 Cornis Engineering Cornis-Offenhauser 0 NC

Career Statistics[]

Entries 2
Starts 0
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest Laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 0
Distance Raced 0 km (0 mi)

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One Results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts Pos
1958 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Morocco.svg 0 NC
DNQ
1959 Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Italy.svg US flag 49 stars.svg 0 NC
DNQ
Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap DNS Did not start
18th Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance) NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)
4thP Qualified for pole position [+] More Symbols

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V T E F1 drivers killed while racing
1952: Cameron Earl
1953: Chet Miller
1954: Onofre Marimón
1955: Manny Ayulo
1955: Bill Vukovich
1957: Eugenio Castellotti
1957: Keith Andrews
1958: Pat O'Connor
1958: Luigi Musso
1958: Peter Collins
1958: Stuart Lewis-Evans
1959: Jerry Unser
1959: Bob Cortner
1960: Chris Bristow
1960: Alan Stacey
1961: Giulio Cabianca
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1964: Carel Godin de Beaufort
1966: John Taylor
1967: Lorenzo Bandini
1967: Bob Anderson
1968: Jo Schlesser
1969: Gerhard Mitter
1970: Bruce McLaren
1970: Piers Courage
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Ignazio Giunti
1971: Pedro Rodríguez
1971: Jo Siffert
1972: Jo Bonnier
1973: Roger Williamson
1973: François Cevert
1974: Peter Revson
1974: Helmuth Koinigg
1975: Mark Donohue
1977: Tom Pryce
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1980: Patrick Depailler
1982: Gilles Villeneuve
1982: Riccardo Paletti
1986: Elio de Angelis
1994: Roland Ratzenberger
1994: Ayrton Senna
2015: Jules Bianchi
See also: List of fatal accidents
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