Local Indy 500 legend to be honored with new marker
Jimmy Daywalt in the car he qualified for the 1953 Indianapolis 500. He drove the car to a sixth place finish to earn Rookie of the Year honors. Photo provided
By Joseph Slacian
Former Wabash resident Jimmy Daywalt will be honored Saturday, Oct. 29, during a ceremony at the Wabash County Historical Museum.
Daywalt was the 1953 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.
The Indiana Racing Memorial Association will unveil a marker honoring Daywalt for his accomplishments in motorsports.
The ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. with Indianapolis Motor Speedway broadcaster Howdy Bell serving as emcee. IMS Historian Donald Davidson also is expected to attend, as is Daywalt’s son, Jimmy Daywalt Jr.
“To have this recognition presented now is very special and we would like to thank everyone that helped bring this together,” the younger Daywalt told The Paper of Wabash County. “This is a wonderful honor to him, his character as a person and his abilities as a race driver in an era of racing that that was equally special.  This marker will help represent his part in an overly dangerous period of Indy racing when drivers wore T-shirts as a driving suits, but it also represents the amazing fans of the era that together are what made the legendary Indy 500 race.” 
Posted on 2016 Oct 25