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TOM SNEVA
Born: June 01, 1948 in Spokane, Washington
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Tom Sneva, an accomplished American former race car driver, was born on June 1, 1948, in Spokane, Washington. Throughout his racing career, Sneva became best known for his performances in the Indianapolis 500 and his multiple achievements in the IndyCar World Series.

Starting as a schoolteacher, Sneva's foray into racing was not the typical trajectory. He made his debut in the Indianapolis 500 in 1974, driving for the Grant King team. His prowess on the track led to a promising stint with the prestigious Penske Racing team from 1975 to 1978. One of Sneva's most noteworthy achievements came in 1983 when he clinched victory in the Indianapolis 500. This win was particularly significant as he had previously earned the moniker "The Gas Man" for becoming the first driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 at a speed of over 200 mph in 1977, yet the coveted first-place finish had eluded him until 1983.

Sneva's racing resume is further highlighted by his three USAC National Championships, which he secured in successive years from 1977 to 1979, and his induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005.
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