Fifty three years ago, Dave MacDonald passed his rookie test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and qualified 14th for the 1964 500 race. Within two laps of the Memorial Day classic, MacDonald was steadily moving up the field, making a move for ninth place, when it all went wrong. Profile for racing driver Dave MacDonald from United States. Our new database page will launch shortly. ... 1964 Indianapolis 500. Championship seasons. Season Name ... May 20, 2016 · 1964. The 48th running of the Indianapolis 500 was one of the darkest days in race history. Dave MacDonald, a rookie, was moving through the field quickly late on the second lap when his car spun coming out of the final turn. What's left of Dave MacDonald's car, following the fatal crash that took his life, as well as that of Eddie Sachs in the 1964 Indy 500. 2 future 500 winners, Johnny Rutherford and Bobby Unser were also involved in the accident.