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Former Unlimited driver turned Indy 500 racer sentenced to prison

Editor's Note: Walther was a former Unlimited Hydroplane driver in the 1970's.

Former Indianapolis 500 driver David "Salt" Walther has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for nonsupport of dependents and violating terms of an earlier sentence.

Warren County Common Pleas Judge James Flannery sentenced the 59-year-old Dayton man in his Lebanon court yesterday. Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said Walther will get credit for eight months already served in jail. She said he owes more than $21,000 in child support.

Walther raced in the Indianapolis 500 seven times. He had earlier convictions for nonsupport and charges related to painkilling drugs.

He was badly injured in a fiery 1973 Indy crash.

Associated Press

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