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R.I.P. Larry Rice


Larry with Carl drever


Larry with the racing announcing team he was with for many years


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Larry with the trophy from Illinois State 1977


Larry with Sleepy Tripp and Kevin Olson


Larry with Manny, Moe and , oh no it's KO and Sleepy


Larry with Rich Vogler, Sleepy Tripp, Stan Fox, Wayne Bennet, Denise Bennet and Jeff Lee


Larry at the 4 Crown at Eldora 1985


Larry with Sleepy Tripp, Stan Fox, Bobby olivero, and Gene Gennetten


Larry and his son pose after he won the 1987 Champ Dirt Car portion of the 4 Crown at Eldora


Larry with Willy Kay, center, and Garry Lee, right


Larry in his car


Larry with his Mickey powered car


Larry with Sleepy Tripp and Carl Drever


Larry with crew and # 79


Larry with # 7


Larry and Sleepy Tripp, Rich Vogler and Mel Kenyon in the car


Larry with Mickey Mouse


Larry and Gary Patterson


Larry and Mel Kenyon chat with A J Foyt in his car


Larry and big crew


Larry with John Parsons, Merle Bettenhausen and Willie Kay


Larry and some info


Larry's home notice story


Larry's more story


Larry's High Performance Award at Eldora's 4 Crown in Sept 2017

Larry's rides


# 1 at Hoosier 100 in 1982


# 2 at Terre Haute in 1980


# 2 at Eldora


# 4 in 1977


# 5 in a USAC vs NCRA feature


# 7


# 9


# 17 Hulman 100 in Smith's Speed Shop car


# 18


# 20


# 20


# 55 Middleton's Pizza car 1981


# 55 Oct 11, 1981 at Eldora


# 56


# 59


# 59


# 59


# 79 restored


# 98 Gatorade car


# 98


# 1


# 9


# 79 at Liverpool 1975



# 1


Max Butterworth leads Sleepy Tripp and Larry


# 55 in 1976


# 79


# 79 at Western Springs 1977/78. Note Mickey Mouse on his cage


# 79


Gary Patterson outside A J Foyt with Larry charging after them


# 98 Larry with Billy casella # 29 at Dayton 1976


# 55 Larry chases down Gary Bettenhousen


# 9 leading Mike Peters


Larry with Gary Bettenhausen again


Larry right behind Sheldon Kinser with Eddie Levett, Pauncho Carter and Gary Uhl on the mile at Indiana St Fairgrounds


Larry outside Gary Patterson


Larry wins 4 Crown at Eldora 1985


Larry and Gary again


Larry with Max butterworth


Larry with Barry Pinchback, Gary Patterson and Doug Maurer


Larry with Sleepy Tripp and Mel Kenyon


Larry in # 11 modified back in the day


Larry and car owner Jimmy Davis had this excellent hauler to travel the country in


# 15t


# 31


# 31


# 35


# 25


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Larry Rice (24 March 1946 – 20 May 2009) was an American racing driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series.[1] He was the 1973 USAC National midget driver's champion[2] and won the USAC Silver Crown series in 1977 and 1981.[3] He was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1993

Larry's father Bob got him started in racing. Bob purchased Larry's first race car, a Kurtis Craft Half Midget from Bob Cunningham in Covington, Indiana prior to turning twelve years old. Larry went to Modified Midget racing at the Logansport, Indiana track from 1965-1967. While in modified midget racing Larry and his father introduced the first car with a suspension system in this type of racing. It was made by Kurtis out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Eventually all cars would have suspension systems on them.

Larry graduated from college with a teaching degree. He taught school briefly while racing the modified midget racing circuit. He was fondly known as "The Flying School Teacher" due to his ability to win races.

Larry's father Bob worked as a pit crew member for various race teams at the Indianapolis 500 in the 1970s.

Rice had a major win when he won the 1970 Hut Hundred. Rice finished third in 1972 USAC National Midget championship, helping his team (Shannon Brothers) win the owner's championship.[2] Rice followed up by winning the 1973 USAC National midget driver's championship himself.[2] Rice was also the 1977 and 1981 USAC Silver Crown Series champion. He won the Silver Crown and sprint car portions of the 4 Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway in 1985. He won his second Silver Crown portion at Eldora in 1987.

He raced in 5 seasons (1974, and 1978–1979, and 1981), with 9 combined career starts, including the 1978 and 1979 Indianapolis 500 and finished in the top ten 3 times. He was co-named the 1978 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, along with Rick Mears, for his 11th-place finish.

After he stopped racing in 1991, he became the color analyst on ESPN's Saturday Night Thunder program.[2] The program featured midget, sprint, and Silver Crown racing. He also worked as ESPN's regular analyst on IRL races. He was known for his skill at pointing out when a driver "had to get out of the throttle" to avoid hitting another car.

Rice later worked for K&K Insurance, specialising in motorsport insurance, and with his son Robbie (who also raced), started their own insurance organisation for motorsport, Short Track Independent Drivers and Associates (STIDA.COM), underwritten by Nationwide Insurance. Robbie Rice currently owns the organisation today.

Rice died from lung cancer on 20 May 2009

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