Ralph Liguori, a New York native known to many as Ralphie the Racer, has passed away. He was 93. A dirt track standout who held the track record at Langhorne, the personable Liguori was best known for never making the field for an Indianapolis 500 despite 10 years of trying. He was the second-oldest driver member of the Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers.
Jimmy Joe “JJ” Humpfrey passed away June 6. He was a member of the Safety Patrol for more than 25 years.
Tom Sneva, the 1983 race winner, lost his wife, Sharon, this summer.
Four-time Indy 500 starter Chuck Hulse died July 13. The best of his “500” finishes came in 1967 when he finished seventh in the No. 8 Hopkins Lola-Offy. Hulse, a dirt track star from Southern California, was one of 11 drivers to score top-10 finishes in cars with engines in the front and rear. He was 92.