Back in the 1920s and 1930s, A.J. "Pete" Kreis drove in seven Indianapolis 500 races.
|image lifted from IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com|
In the 1927 race he only completed 123 laps before a bent front axle took him out of the race. He finished 17th.
His best year was 1925 when he finished 8th.
In 1933 mechanical issues allowed him to complete only 63 laps with a 32nd place finish.
He did not get a chance to race in 1934. During a practice run on May 25th his car jumped the wall and hit a tree, killing him and his ride-along mechanic, Bob Hahn.
|The Milwaukee Journal - May 25, 1934|
A.J. Kreis was from Knoxville and is buried here. I visited his family's grave site in Asbury Cemetery.
The car on the monument is not added on, but carved from the marble block. The monument was carved by Albert Miliani. Some of his other works grace Arlington National Cemetery.