David George MacDonald (July 23, 1936 – May 30, 1964) was an American road racing champion noted for his successes driving Corvettes and Shelby Cobras in the early 1960s. At the age of 27 he was killed in the 1964 Indianapolis 500. In his four-year racing career, MacDonald competed in 118 races with 52 victories and 75 top-three finishes. MacDonald was inducted into the National Corvette Museum’s Corvette Hall of Fame in 2014 and into the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) Hall of Fame in 2016. Wikipedia
As with Racing Driver Swede Savage and his daughter Angela Savage, Dave MacDonald’s son Rich MacDonald very actively carries on the memory, legacy and history of his father Racing Driver Dave MacDonald. This is not to downplay the roles and achievements other children of the fallen racing stars have accomplished and are accomplishing. They do a great job also.
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One of the most highly respected and well liked racing drivers, Dave MacDonald was born in El Monte, California. As a driver during the glory days of Corvette racing, MacDonald had a better win percentage than any other Corvette racer. He was a fierce competitor which earned him the respect of everyone who drove against him. At the start of the 1963 season, Carroll Shelby hired MacDonald away from Chevrolet to drive his Cobra Roadster. His first outing for Shelby American was at Riverside International Raceway where he drove a Cobra roadster in back-to-back victories. In the fall of 1963, MacDonald rose to national prominence after driving a Shelby King Cobra to win the two biggest and richest road races in the world, The Los Angeles Times Grand Prix and the Monterey Pacific Grand Prix. Those were the first wins for the Shelby King Cobra. On May 10, 1964, MacDonald won the United States Road Racing Championship in Kent, Washington in a King Cobra. The victory put him in a tie atop the USRRC Drivers’ Championship standings with Jim Hall. This would be MacDonald’s last race before his death three weeks later in the 1964 Indianapolis 500. Dave MacDonald Cobra Man the WILL to WIN
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