David "Salt" Walther dies at 65

Updated: December 28, 2012, 10:39 PM ET
Associated Press

TROTWOOD, Ohio -- David "Salt" Walther, the former auto and hydroplane racer severely burned in a spectacular crash in the 1973 Indianapolis 500, has died. He was 65.

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office confirmed the death Friday, saying Walther was reported dead Thursday night and that the cause of death hadn't been determined.

Walther also drove briefly in NASCAR, finishing 12th in the 1976 Daytona 500.

At the start of the 1973 Indy 500, Walther's car pinwheeled down the ...

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