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‘Salt’ Walther Dead At 65

Salt Walther at Indianapolis in 1979.

TROTWOOD, Ohio — Seven-time Indianapolis 500 starter David “Salt” Walther has died.

Walther, the former hydroplane racer, is best known for being severely burned in a crash during the 1973 Indianapolis 500. Walther made seven starts in the Memorial Day weekend classic, with a best finish of ninth in 1976. Walther ran his final Indianapolis 500 in 1979.

He also enjoyed a brief NASCAR career, finishing 12th in the 1976 Daytona 500.

Walther’s burns in the fiery 1973 Indianapolis crash contributed to his becoming addicted to pain killers, an addiction he fought the rest of his life.

He was 65 years old.

 

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