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Six-time Indy starter Karl dies from injuries suffered in car accident

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jerry Karl, who started six times in the Indianapolis 500, has died. He was 66.

Karl died Saturday from injuries he suffered in a car accident in Baltimore, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Karl was a regular at the track between 1970 and 1985, trying to make the Indy lineup. He started six times between 1973 and 1981. His highest finish was 13th in 1975's rain-shortened race.

His best run likely came during the 1974 race, when he climbed to seventh just before hitting the Turn 3 wall on his 116th lap.

Born in Jamaica, N.Y., Karl had lived in York, Pa., for most of his adult life. In recent years, he had operated Karl Aviation at York's Capital City Airport.