Thursday, June 1, 2017

Near Death Experience At Indy 500 in 1992-- Part 2: Steve Wissen

"Disaster was avoided, but for Steve Wissen, scars remained.  He never worked at IMS again.  He quit after 16 years at IMS, including 13 years on the safety crew, and he was traumatized by the near-death experience.  He began having nightmares, haunted by visions of Lazier's race car getting closer and closer.

"Wissen went to Lazier's garage after the race to have a conversation, but was denied entrance.  He never got a chance to talk to Buddy lazier until This past Thursday.  You'd think that Lazier would have tried to contact Wissen, but that never happened.

But Buddy Lazier, now 49,  says, "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't thibnk about that when I'm here at the Speedway."

Steve Wissen has returned to IMS multiple times over the intervening years as a spectator, including last year's 100th running.


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