“Rapid Rich” Vogler was one of the greatest heroes in motorsports history. Over his thirty-one-year career, Rich drove and won in almost every type of open wheel race car. The list of some of his accomplishments tells the story:
Indianapolis 500

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

171 Career Wins

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.

First to Win Two Championships in One Season

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

USAC Sprint Champion

USAC Sprint Champion in 1980 and 1989.

USAC USAC Midget Champion Champion

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

NAMAR Midget Champion

NAMAR Midget Champion in 1973.

More than 200 Wins in "outlaw"

Won more than 200 “outlaw” midget circuit features.

Top 3 in Silver Crown 3 Times

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

Hut Hundred Champion 8 Times

Won the “Hut Hundred” 8 times.

4-Crown Nationals Champion

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

Hoosierdome Invitational Champion

Won the “Hoosierdome Invitational” 2 times.

Copper Classic Champion

Won the “Copper Classic” 2 times.

Night Before the 500 Champion

Won the “Night Before the 500.

WWRA Florida Winter Nationals Champion

Won the WWRA Florida Winter Nationals in 1983.

Chili Bowl Midget National Champion

Won the inaugural Chili Bowl Midget Nationals race in 1987.


Richard Frank Vogler


July 26, 1950


July 21, 1990


Chicago, Illinois


Race Car Driver / Carpenter


  • Donald Frank Vogler
  • Eleanor Pauline Vogler


Emily Crean Vogler


  • Donald John Vogler
  • Eric Frank Vogler
  • Nicholas Wesley Vogler


  • Aviation Pilot
  • R.C. Planes
  • Off-Roading

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