February 22, 1921|
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Died||February 11, 1959
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Cause of death||Injuries from racing accident|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|23 race(s) run over 4 year(s)|
|Best finish||62nd - 1949 (Strictly Stock)|
|First race||1949 Daytona Beach Road Course|
|Last race||1952 Columbia Speedway (Columbia, SC)|
|First win||1951 Daytona Beach Road Course|
|Last win||1952 Speedway Park (Jacksonville)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1953–1954, 1956–1958|
|Teams||Kurtis Kraft, Kuzma|
|Races||5 (3 starts)|
|First race||1953 Indianapolis 500|
|Last race||1958 Indianapolis 500|
He walked into fellow Daytona Beach resident Smokey Yunick's "Best Damned Garage in Town", and launched Yunick's legendary NASCAR mechanic career.
Teague competed in 23 NASCAR Grand National races (now Sprint Cup Series) from 1949 to 1952, winning seven of them.
Teague approached the Hudson Motor Car Company by traveling to Michigan and visiting the automaker's factory without an appointment. By the end of his visit, Hudson virtually assured Teague of corporate support and cars, with the relationship formalized shortly after his visit. This "is generally regarded as the first stock car racing team backed by a Detroit auto manufacturer."1
Teague was also instrumental in helping Hudson tune the 308 cu in (5.0 L) straight-6 powered Hudson Hornet to its maximum stock capability. When combined with the cars light weight and low center of gravity, the Hornet allowed Teague and the other Hudson drivers to dominate stock car racing from 1951 through 1954, consistently beating out other drivers in cars powered by larger, more modern engines. Smokey Yunick and Teague won 27 of 34 events in major stock car events.3
Teague died while attempting a closed course speed record in a reconfigured Indy car at the newly opened Daytona International Speedway. He was conducting test sessions in preparation for the April debut of the United States Auto Club championship with Indy-style roadsters. He was piloting a "Sumar Special" streamliner, a Kurtis-Kraft chassis with a Meyer-Drake Offenhauser 270 engine, streamlined fenders, and a canopy enclosing the driver, thus being classified as Formula Libre. On February 9, 1959, Teague set an unofficial closed course speed record of 171.821 mph (276.5 km/h).56
On February 10, the left rear tire was cut as a result of running over a foreign object, which forced Teague to pit.7
Teague was attempting to go even faster on February 11, 1959, eleven days before the first Daytona 500. "Teague pushed the speed envelope in the high-powered Sumar Special streamliner - to an estimated 140 mph (230 km/h)."4 His car spun and flipped through the third turn and Teague was thrown, seat and all, from his car. He died nearly instantly.389
The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Marshall Teague participated in three World Championship races, but scored no World Championship points.
- Wood, Perry Allen (2010). Declarations of stock car independents : interviews with twelve racers of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. McFarland. p. 5. ISBN 9780786457809. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- Via, Roland (2010). "Marshall Teague". marshallteague.com. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "Marshall Teague". Legendsofnascar.com. 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- Parente, Audrey (9 February 2008). "Life lost; legend lives local race car hero's death preceded 1st Daytona 500". News Journal (Daytona Beach, Florida). Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- Marc. "The Jimmy Daywalt Tribute Site". Retrieved 2010-08-25.
- "Just 'Playing Around' At 171 MPH - Teague". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. February 10, 1959.
- Kahn, Bernard (February 11, 1959). "Teague Had Close Call And Didn't Know It!". Daytona Beach Morning Journal.
- Hinton, Ed (2001). Daytona: From the Birth of Speed to the Death of the Man in Black. Warner Books. ISBN 978-0-446-61178-7.
- Kahn, Bernard (February 12, 1959). "Experts Divided On Wreck Cause". Daytona Beach Morning Journal.