"Only seconds after the field took the green flag on race day, Stan Fox's racer went out of control, triggering a five-car accident in the first turn. On the way to the wall, Stan's machine collected Eddie Cheever's car. Sandwiched between Fox's car and the unforgiving concrete, Cheever took quite a shot. But it was nothing compared to the the ride Fox took. After bouncing off Cheever's racer, Fox hit the wall head-on. The force was so tremendous, the bodywork literally exploded from the crumpled machine. Cheever was the first to arrive at Fox's destroyed Reynard 915, but there was little assistance he could offer the critically injured veteran. Stan faced many months of hospital care and rehabilitation. Eventually he would totally recover from this near-fatal accident.
"Friends and others told Cheever he was just in the wrong place at the right time. Eddie said little about the accident, until the following evening at the annual victory banquet.
"While nearly every other driver voiced hope for Stan's recovery, Cheever, who was obviously very concerned about his fellow driver, spoke his mind. 'If my job was to help make Stan's impact a little softer,' Cheever said, 'then I was glad to be there.'" [Indianapolis 500 Chronicle, 1998, by Rick Popely]
Stan Fox died on December 19, 2000 in an passenger-car accident in New Zealand. He was 48.
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