The Indy-Car community cried for justice. They knew who was guilty; they just couldn’t prove it.
Cynthia Albrecht, the executive chef of the Penske-Marlboro racing team and darling of the IndyCar circuit, went missing on October 25, 1992—the night before her divorce from Michael Albrecht became final. Drivers and racing crews from across the country converged on “The Brickyard,” site of the Indianapolis 500, to help search for her.
As the head mechanic for the Dick Simon racing team, known as “Crabby” across the race circuit, Michael had a reputation for bullying and abuse. He’d immediately become a suspect in Cynthia’s disappearance. But with a strong alibi, there was nothing authorities could do when he decided to take a vacation to Florida and skip a scheduled polygraph test and the search for his estranged wife.
Nor could law enforcement charge him when Cynthia’s body was found a few weeks later in northern Indiana—minus her head. The case went cold for six years until a newly elected prosecutor allowed his deputies to charge Michael Albrecht with murder. But would they be able to prove his guilt?
This true crime legal thriller written by one of the prosecutors, Larry Sells, and journalist Margie Porter, runs at full throttle and will leave you on the edge of your seat right up to the checkered flag at final verdict.
“Cindy was a fantastic person and an amazing chef that was a part of our Penske team. She always had a smile and an encouraging word. She was a great, fun person to be around. Still cannot believe she was taken in such a tragic way.” -Al Unser Jr.
“Cindy was the kindest soul. She didn’t care if you were a driver’s wife or a race fan, she showed love and respect to everyone. Her joy was infectious.” -Shelley Unser
“I’ll always remember Cindy like an older sister, and also to include the other girls working alongside her. One time I’ll never forget is having Cindy, Sandi and Becca at our home in Reading, PA for dinner, a few days before the Nazareth Race. Some relaxation, a few drinks, some goofing around, and we have a great photo of it. I also remember Cindy and the girls presenting me with a birthday cake, must have been my 40th birthday! Very fond memories that make me smile.” -Tim Lombardi, Penske Team Coordinator (retired)