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    A SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE POLLARD FAMILY

Welcome! Enjoy scrolling through the faces and facts of Dadís years in racing, from his earliest years until his death at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 12, 1973. It would thrill him to know he is remembered, not only for his passion for racing and skill as a driver, but for who he was as a person. He always made time for the people he knew and for the fans he didnít. His optimism, humor and zest for life was evident to all who met him. Thank you for remembering him with us, the Pollard family.

My brother, Mike and myself (Judy Pollard Dippel) have shared the photos and memories from throughout the years for you to visit and reminisce. Mike diligently gathered these photos from our family albums. He was dedicated to keeping this site currentóand the point person for friends and fans who contacted the family through this site.

For that reason the Pollard family wants visitors and friends to know that Michael Alan Pollard unexpectedly passed away, August 22, 2009, at age 62 from complications of chemotherapy treatment he had just begun for esophageal cancer. He is missed!

On behalf of the Pollard family, thank you for visiting. Please feel free to contact me, Artís daughter, Judy Pollard Dippel, Eugene, OR at: JLDwrites@comcast.net


Art Pollard at Indy 1970


Art Pollard
Remembered
Eulogy from Art Pollard's funeral service courtesy of Mike & Georgia Pollard.

    The perils and consequences of a competitive life are not easily understood. We who know and loved Art Pollard stand in awe at his realistic approach to danger. Some of us really never understood, perhaps, but we knew that Art was a realist. We know he had faced up to the realities of reaching the final victory earlier in life. Because Art succeeded in accepting this challenge, it is for us now to draw inspiration from the rich and lasting legacy that he leaves. For he has touched our lives in many ways. "I have fought the good fight." "I have finished the course." "I have kept the faith." This is Art Pollard. An affirmative thinker - A man of action! This meant for Art a rich and rewarding life. And Artís ready smile and quick wit were outward proof of his philosophy. From the visits to troops in Vietnam to the speeches for high schools and churches all over the Nation, he carried his vital message of courage and determination. Expressions of his philosophy were numerous. Go with Art a half dozen years ago to La Rue Carter Hospital in Indianapolis to a ward for emotionally disturbed and retarded children. One visit and Art became their friend. At the invitation of Art, these children each year visited the Speedway. Even more than that, when there were no funds to send them to a summersí day of sunshine at a day camp, Art personally provided the money. Go with him to a high school and watch the audience unite with him as he expressed his love and admiration our Nationís youth. And he never criticized the young people. He was with them, he was their champion. Affirmative thinking was his trademark. He was an enthusiastic salesman for the sport of racing, not only to audiences numbering in the thousands, but also on a person-to-person basis with men and women of the media. A newcomer to racing faced with the responsibility of getting a story, could got Art Pollard and be informed and then come away satisfied. No matter how busy, regardless of the pressures of competition, Art would always take the time to patiently explain. Those of us who visited with Art in a hospital after a racing accident could catch his spirit - The spirit that makes recovering quicker. Here you could see and feel his determination to whip the odds and return to the course. He was the ability to the sun shining at the midnight hour. He was a student of the skill of driving and for him it was a continuing learning process. Those who watched him bicycle to various parts of the track study the techniques of other drivers, realized that he was still learning adding to his knowledge. He was sill learning adding to knowledge. For him there were no short cuts to success. Aware that victory goes to the physically keen and mentally sharp, he was a regular in his conditioning program. And he was successful in the sport he loved - - - Competing in 83 championship events, he knew the thrills of victory, he knew the disappointments of defeat, but even then, never a tear, never a word of criticism, never a regret, but always a friendly smile and the ability to translate obvious disappointment into an expression of love of the sport of racing.

    Courage. This was Art, never, FLAG - never FAIL - this Art. The courage necessary to go faster than anyone else. This was Art, we can draw inspiration from him and translate his great ability to challenge the perils into our own lives. Although our courage may not be on public display like Artís, it is still necessary. We all need that wonderful and magnificent courage of Art Pollard. And those of us who watched him, knew that his family was the central point of his competitive life.

    We who gather to pay tribute are blessed to have known Art Pollard. His life has meaning to us and it is for us to forever cherish His principles and Art would want us to follow them in our daily lives. His ability to translate love into action, His courage, His determination - These are the virtues we all need: "I have fought the fight." "I have finished course." "I have kept the faith. With those who have put faith in me." This is ART POLLARD.

    If we did not go to sleep at night, weíd never awaken to see the light, and the joy of watching a new day break, or meeting the dawn by some quiet lake would never be ours unless we slept while GOD and all HIS Angels kept a vigil through this "LITTLE" death thatís over with the morningís breath. And death too, is a time for sleeping, for those who die are in God ís keeping and thereís a "Sunrise" for each Soul for life, not death, is Godís promised goal. So trust Godís promise and doubt him never for only through death can man live forever.

    (Helen Steiner Rice)

    Footnote: Tonight let us all remember our picture of the ART POLLARD we all know. Pedaling around the speedway on his bicycle - smiling and waving to all of you - HIS FRIENDS


Art Pollard & Clint Brawner

Photo courtesy of Geoff Miller Classic Photos
Photographer's Note: Reflections of a day in May, 1973 at Indy.

My recollection of Art Pollard:

Art may have been the 1st driver to see the "trap door" that we used get the car and driver shots with the 1000mm (super-telephoto) lens just coming out of turn 3. ("Trap door" = hole cut in fence and then folded back up after pictures taken.) I was working with the 1000mm lens, checking for lighting and accuracy during the morning (race day start situations). I was trying to be very discrete since this was the first few days of the "trap door" that Don (a photographer from UPI) had created (without IMSís knowledge).
I was at the fence, Art came out to the turn to watch a teammate practice and watch others handle the bobble in Turn 3. He had already been out and was in his driver uniform. The observer stand was just down-track from me. He finished observing what he came to see and then wanted to see what I was doing. We had a great chat. He laughed about the "trap door", checked the view that I saw from the 1000mm.
It was just us and roar and fumes for about 10 minutes.
As Robin Miller said in the eulogy, and has been said by others, "kind, generous, friendly, outgoing, persistent, honest, gentlemanly, optimistic, competitive, even-tempered, vibrant - these words describe a few of the qualities of this exceptional person who was also a great race driver. He liked and understood people, and he gave of himself to his fans and friends" that is exactly what I experienced in a 10 minute friendship.
Later that day, no more than three hours later, I felt cheated because of a crash on the other end of the track. I hurt deep inside because I wanted more... not just more time with Art, but time for Art.
He was not just a man in a driver's suit. Art was a "kind, generous, friendly, outgoing, persistent, honest, gentlemanly, optimistic, competitive, even-tempered, vibrant, great race driver" in a man suit.

Rex Miller
Muncie, IN


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