1915 Indianapolis 500

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5th Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body AAA
Date May 31, 1915
Winner Ralph DePalma
Winning Entrant E.C. Patterson
Average speed 89.840 mph (144.583 km/h)
Pole position Howdy Wilcox
Pole speed 98.90 mph (159.16 km/h)
Most laps led Ralph DePalma (132)
Pre-race
Pace car Packard 6 (Model 5-48)
Pace car driver Carl G. Fisher
Chronology
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1914 1916
Ralph DePalma at the 1915 Indianapolis 500

The 5th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday, May 31, 1915.

After a heartbreaking loss in 1912, Ralph DePalma succeeds in victory for 1915. DePalma was accompanied by riding mechanic Louis Fontaine.

Results[edit]

Composite image showing the front row at the start of the 1915 Indianapolis 500.
Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 2 2 Italy Ralph DePalma [1] 98.580 2 200 132 Running
2 3 3 United Kingdom Dario Resta (R) 98.470 3 200 37 Running
3 5 5 Norway Gil Andersen 95.140 5 200 26 Running
4 4 4 United States Earl Cooper 96.770 4 200 0 Running
5 11 15 United States Harry Grant 89.290 11 200 0 Running
6 7 8 United States Bob Burman 92.400 7 200 0 Running
7 1 1 United States Howdy Wilcox 98.900 1 200 5 Running
8 9 10 United States Tom Alley (R) 90.000 9 200 0 Running
9 16 19 United States Billy Carlson 84.110 16 200 0 Running
10 14 7 United Kingdom Noel Van Raalte (R) 86.870 14 200 0 Running
11 24 28 United States Willie Haupt 80.360 24 200 0 Running
12 10 14 United States George C. Babcock (R) 89.460 10 184 0 Loose mud apron
13 17 21 United States Tom Orr (R) 83.550 17 168 0 Axle bearing
14 6 6 Italy Jean Porporato (R) 94.740 6 164 0 Piston
15 15 18 United States Joe Cooper (R) 85.550 15 154 0 Crash SC
16 18 22 United States Ralph Mulford 82.720 18 124 0 Rod
17 12 12 United States Eddie O'Donnell (R) 88.930 12 117 0 Cylinder
18 8 9 United States Art Klein 90.450 8 0 0 Smoking
19 20 23 United States Eddie Rickenbacker 81.970 20 103 0 Rod
20 23 27 Switzerland Louis Chevrolet (R) 81.010 23 76 0 Valve
21 13 17 Italy John DePalma (R) 87.040 13 41 0 Loose flywheel
22 19 24 Germany John A. Mais (R) 81.970 19 23 0 Left course
23 22 26 United States George Hill (R) 81.520 22 20 0 Water pump gear
24 21 25 United States C. C. Cox (R) 81.520 21 12 0 Timing gears
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Race details[edit]

  • (Note 1) Louis Chevrolet is usually shown as American but his application for a US passport (available at [1]) reveals that he did not become a US citizen until June 1915.
  • (Note 2) Ralph DePalma is usually shown as American but his application for a US passport (available at [2]) reveals that he did not become a US citizen until 1920.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (April 1, 1956). "Ralph De Palma, Noted Racer, Dies. Driver Triumphed in 1915 at Indianapolis. Elected to Sport's Hall of Fame". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-02. "Ralph De Palma, pioneer auto racer who probably won more races than any other driver in history, died today of cancer. His age was 72. ... De Palma, winner of the Indianapolis classic in 1915 and twice national champion in the era of Barney Oldfield and Eddie Rickenbacker, had been ailing for ..." 
  2. ^ "Indianapolis 500 1914". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Blazier, John E. and Rollings, Tom (1994). Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics. 


1914 Indianapolis 500
Rene Thomas
1915 Indianapolis 500
Ralph DePalma
1916 Indianapolis 500
Dario Resta
Preceded by
82.474 mph
(1914 Indianapolis 500)
Record for the fastest average speed
89.840
mph
Succeeded by
94.484 mph
(1922 Indianapolis 500)