State Rep. Heaton honors local racing legend Bobby Grim

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Wednesday, March 9, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 9, 2016) – State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) today at the Statehouse honored Coal City native, Bobby Grim, for his service in World War II and his accomplishments as a racecar driver.

“The late Bobby Grim bravely served our nation then went on to have a successful racing career,” Heaton said. “I am supporting efforts to memorialize Grim with two signs travelers will see in Coal City recognizing his racing accomplishments.”

Senate Concurrent Resolution 36, sponsored by Heaton, urges the Indiana Department of Transportation to place signs outside of Coal City, honoring Grim, the 1959 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. The signs would be placed along Highway 157 reading, “Coal City, Indiana—Home of Bobby Grim—1959 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.”

Grim started his racing career after serving in World War II, and later became known as one of the best short-track drivers in the country. During his 25-year racing career he had 199 victories and made nine trips to the Indianapolis 500.

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Rep. Heaton represents portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.