RE: Jim Fitzgerald -- Racing Legend
I live in St Petersburg and I recall that his car slammed into the concrete barrier along the straightaway in front of Bayboro Harbour. I vaguely remember the news showing were the wreck took place, and I thought it strange he wrecked on a straightway and not in one of the many hard turns. I also recall that the local paper reported he might have had a cardiac arrest prior to the crash. You probably would have no problem locating the whole story from the St Petersburg Times. I'm sure it is on microfische. I believe it was the 1986 or 1987 race. Each year when they had the St Pete Grand Prix, they would erect the concrete barriers a week ahead of time. When the cops weren't around, alot of drivers(myself included) would drive the whole course, occasionally racing just inches away from the barriers! I had just bought my 1979 280ZX, and I thought it was real cool that Paul Newman drove a Z. I hope this helps.