Profiles, Joie Chitwood
Jan 11, 2016


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It’s fitting, perhaps, that George Rice “Joie” Chitwood would be remembered as the first driver to have ever snapped together a seat belt at the famed Indianapolis 500 Speedway.
A seat belt and Joie Chitwood? For anyone who knows about Chitwood – the wild adventures, the hurtling machinery and the thrill show chills – it doesn’t add up. “But, if you knew my grandfather, you knew he was always ahead of his time,” said grandson Joie Chitwood III from the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette pace car lapping the Indianapolis track during a media event a few years ago.

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