Richard Frank Vogler

July 26, 1950

July 21, 1990

Chicago, Illinois

Race Car Driver

Donald Frank Vogler
Eleanor Pauline Vogler

Emily Crean Vogler

Donald John “DJ” Vogler
Eric Frank Vogler
Nicholas Wesley Vogler

Aviation Pilot
R.C. Airplanes

“Rapid Rich” Vogler was one of the greatest heroes in the history of motor-sports. Over his thirty-one year career Rich drove and won in almost every type of race car invented. The list of some of his accomplishments tells the story:

  1. 171 Career USAC wins, 95 Midget, 35 Sprint, and 4 Silver Crown wins including many regional events. Rich's 171st win was the night he died at Salem in a white flag lap crash.

  2. First to win both USAC Midget and Sprint Car Championships in one season (1980).

  3. USAC Sprint Champion in 1980 and 1989.

  4. USAC Midget Champion in 1978, 1980, 1983, 1986, and 1988.

  5. Two-time Indianapolis Speedrome Midget Champion (1984 and 1985).

  6. NAMAR Midget Champion in 1973.

  7. Won more than 200 "outlaw" midget circuit features.

  8. Competed the Indianapolis 500 five straight years from 1985-1989. Best finish (8th) in 1989.

  9. Placed in the top three of the Silver Crown series three times.

  10. Won the “Hut Hundred” 8 times.

  11. Won the “4-Crown Nationals” midget event 4 times.

  12. Won the “Hoosierdome Invitational” 2 times.

  13. Won the “Copper Classic” 2 times.

  14. Won the “Night Before the 500”.

  15. Won the WWRA Florida Winter Nationals in 1983.

  16. Won the inaugural Chili Bowl Midget Nationals race in 1987.

  17. Was on the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-America Team 3 times in 1980, 1988 & 1989.

  18. Holder of the most track records in USAC competition.

  19. Inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame-1986.

  20. Inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame-1992.

  21. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America-2010.