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Harry McQuinn "King of the Midgets": Dirt Track, Sprint Car, and Midget Racer; Airplane Pilot; and Race Official Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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For his 'day' job, Brad T. Tinkle, M.D., Ph.D., is the Division Head of Advocate Children's Hospital in the Chicago, Illinois area. Dr. Brad, as he's called by many of his patients, specializes in caring for individuals with heritable connective tissue disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, Marfan syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta, and achondroplasia among the many. Dr. Tinkle has authored medical articles, book chapters, and two books on EDS: "Issues and Management of Joint Hypermobility." (2008) and "The Joint Hypermobility Handbook" (2010) and is internationally recognized as an expert in the care and management of those with EDS. He earned a Bachelor's in Science for Engineering (BSE) in genetic engineering from Purdue University in 1989 and received his Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the George Washington University in the District of Columbia in 1995. Dr. Brad then attended medical school at Indiana University and completed a pediatric/ clinical genetics residency at Cincinnati Children's. He also finished a fellowship in clinical molecular genetics at Cincinnati following residency. In 2012, Dr. Tinkle left his position at Cincinnati Children's to start his position with Advocate. While living in Indiana and working in Cincinnati, his son, Zachary Tinkle, was always interested in racing, but there weren't cost-effective options to test his drive for sport. Shortly after moving to the Chicagoland area, the family discovered Chicago Indoor Go-Karting where karts could be rented for racing. Zachary proved himself committed and talented by winning his first championship right away. When the facility was sold to K1 Speed, he went on to win three junior championships. The last karting championship(s) overlapped the family discovering minicup (super cup) cars, which are half scale NASCAR® cars. Even though Zachary was training in an outdoor kart, the switch was made to race stock cars since that was more in alignment with Zachary's dream of racing in NASCAR®. This was the start of Dr. Brad's role (moonlighting job) as crew chief, mechanic, and spotter on the #53 car. While traveling to the different tracks like Grundy County Speedway, he saw photos of his great-grandfather, Harry McQuinn, and started compiling historical information, newspaper clippings, and photos. He interviewed multiple people including track historians at places like Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This process took several years through ups, downs, wins, and championships at various tracks. He is now a racing history buff with archives of information on racing in the Midwest - especially as it pertains to "King of the Midgets," Harry McQuinn.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson first showed up at the track in 1964, obsessed with the 500 and having memorized a plethora of trivial facts about the event and its participants. Returning in 1965, he was invited by IMS Radio Network Chief Announcer Sid Collins to participate as a commentator on the race-day broadcast, a duty he has performed ever since. The week after that race, he was hired (by Director of Competition Henry Banks) to be the keeper of records for the United States Auto Club (USAC), and since that time has contributed to dozens of books, written numerous magazine stories and local newspaper columns, given hundreds of talks, been featured on ABC News, and been a guest, along with Mario Andretti and Jackie Stewart, on Ted Koppel's Nightline. He has hosted a call-in radio show every May since 1971, and for 20 years has conducted a four-night course on 500 history for IUPUI, the Indianapolis-based combined campus of Purdue and Indiana Universities. He joined IMS full time in 1998. He is regarded as the ultimate authority on the race, its history and its participants. Donald
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