Swede Lindskog began driving Big Cars around the Pacific Northwest while still a high school student... in his native Seattle. When midget racing came to the area in May of 1936 he was one of the first participants. In the fall of that year he traveled to Los Angeles with Johnny McDowell and Jimmy Wilburn. He ran a couple of “B” races at Gilmore Stadium where he became friends with Roy Richter. Swede was one of those chosen for the first tour of American drivers toNew Zealand which was arranged by Richter.
Lindskog returned to Southern California for good in late 1939 and terrorized the independent United Midget Association by winning 7 out of 15 races over the winter of 1939-40. He joined AAA in May of 1940 so that he could run at Gilmore and by the beginning of the 1941 season had become a force to be reckoned with. He was leading the AAA points going into the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” but a bent axle cost him the title by a handful of points.
Swede served as an Army Air Corps mechanic in the South Pacific Theatre during WWII and on his return in 1946 looked like the man to beat. After winning five features for three different owners his car bicycled head-on into the fence during time trials at Gilmore on June 27th, killing him instantly. He was just barely 29 years of age.