1912  ยป American Grand Prize

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Description During a practice session for the American Grand Prize event, David Bruce-Brown had just driven a track record and was trying to pass Teddy Tetzlaff to improve on his record lap time. After rounding the hairpin curve on the Vanderbilt course, Tetzlaff looked back and no longer saw Bruce-Brown's car. Suspecting something wrong he reported to marshals at the start/finish line "Brown's out!". Meanwhile, George Clark, a Mercedes driver, came upon the accident scene. Bruce-Brown's Fiat was upside down in the ditch. Bruce-Brown and his riding mechanic, Tony Scudellari, were seriously injured. Clark did what he could to help the two downed men, then telephoned for an ambulance from a nearby farm house. A tire of the Fiat had blow out, flipping the car and throwing both occupants out. Both men were taken to Trinity hospital where Bruce-Brown died three hours later. His manager, V. W. Kliesrath, Tetzlaff, Caleg Bragg, Ralph DePalma, and several other drivers had been holding a vigil at the hospital while officials were attempting to reach his relatives in New York, including his mother and brother. His mother was already en route to Wisconsin to see her son race. She learned of her son's death when she arrived.

Tony Scudellari showed some improvement overnight but later his condition deteriorated. He died a week later on 08 October 1912.  
Year 1912  
Driver(s) David Bruce-Brown
Category Open Wheelers  
Series American Automobile Association (AAA)  
Vehicle Fiat  
Country United States  
Circuit Wauwatosa (Milwaukee)  
Event American Grand Prize  
Fatal Yes  
Also Involved Tony Scudellari (Riding mechanic)  
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Tags Practice/Qualifying Crash  
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