By Ken de la Bastide
2014) - Former Pay Less
Little 500 winner and racing legend Rollie
Beale died Monday of congestive heart
failure at a Toledo hospital.
Beale, 84, won the 1966
running of the Pay Less Little 500 at
Speedway, starting the race on the outside
of the front row. He took the
lead on lap 301 and stayed in front for the
final 199 circuits.
It was Beale’s fourth
start in the Little 500. He finished 22nd in
eighth in 1964 and 12th in 1965 before
recording the victory.
Beale was inducted into
the Little 500 Hall of Fame in 2007.
“It’s tough,” Beale said
of the Little 500 in 2007 during an
with The Herald Bulletin. “There’s nothing
like it. You’ll never find
another race like it.”
The Toledo native was a
national sprint car champion, chief steward
with USAC for 15 years and ARCA Commissioner
over the years.
He won the 1973 USAC
National Sprint Car champion, his 32 career
USACsprint wins and his Silver Crown
accomplishments were highlights of his
career. Beale was inducted into the National
Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996.