Savage Angel Death and Rebirth at the Indianapolis 500 is a new book by Ted Woerner who recounts how he was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 1973 Indianapolis 500 which was held over three days due to rain delays and saw Johnny Rutherford take pole and Gordon Johncock win the race.

Woerner was not there to see Johncock or Rutherford, the eleven-year old’s favorite IndyCar driver at the time was Swede Savage who was racing a STP sponsored Eagle-Offenhauser, he watched as his hero set the track record however, as the track conditions improved so too did the speeds and Swede would start the race from fourth place.

Following the race in which Swede Savage died following an accident at turn 4 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Woerner learned that Swede’s pregnant wife Sheryl was in the grandstands watching the race, at the time little did he realize that forty-plus years later, his and Swede’s daughters paths would cross and that he and Angela Savage would become firm friends at the Brickyard.

Angela has worked with Ted to piece together the book about her dad Swede, from his racing career and Angela’s tumultuous life. The book also chronicles what it was like for Angela growing up as the daughter of Swede Savage whose passion was the most dangerous profession on the planet. Savage Angel is on sale via –

Today, along with honoring the memory of her Dad, Angela also runs Miles Ahead Motoring Events who next weekend will be at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in preparation of the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville and you can be there too, the event is in support of the Youth Opportunity Foundation. For more information or to register your team visit –

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