1926 Indianapolis 500

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14th Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body AAA
Date May 31, 1926
Winner Frank Lockhart
Winning Entrant Peter Kreis
Average speed 95.904 mph (154.343 km/h)
Pole position Earl Cooper
Pole speed 111.735 mph (179.820 km/h)
Most laps led Frank Lockhart (95)
Pre-race
Pace car Chrysler Imperial 80
Pace car driver Louis Chevrolet
Chronology
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The 14th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday, May 31, 1926. Louis Chevrolet drove the Chrysler pace car for the start.[1]

Rain halted the race at lap 72, and officials waited for the track to dry out. The race was resumed over an hour later. Rain fell again, and the race was called at the 400 mile mark (160 laps).

Rookie Frank Lockhart moved up from 20th to fifth by lap 5, having had passed 14 cars on that lap alone.[2] He moved up to second on Lap 16.[2] After the rain delay, Lockhart and Dave Lewis battled for the lead for about 20 laps, until Lewis dropped out.[2] Lockhart stretched out a two-lap lead when the race was called, and he was declared the winner. It was the first rain-shortened race in "500" history, and Lockhart was the fourth rookie to win the race. Lockhart may have actually completed as many as 163 laps (407.5 miles), but official scoring results reverted to the completion of lap 160.

Time trials[edit]

Four-lap (10 mile) qualifying runs were utilized. Earl Cooper won the pole position. Frank Lockhart set a new 1-lap track record during his first attempt at 115.488 mph, but the run was aborted after a tire failure on the second lap. He later blew an engine during another attempt, and finally put a car in the field 20th on the grid.[3]

Qualifying Results
Date Driver Lap 1
(mph)
Lap 2
(mph)
Lap 3
(mph)
Lap 4
(mph)
Average Speed
(mph)
5/27/1926 Earl Cooper 113.68 112.97 111.32 109.09 111.735

Results[edit]

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 20 15 United States Frank Lockhart (R) 95.780 19 160 95 Running
2 2 3 United States Harry Hartz 109.542 2 158 6 Flagged
3 14 36 United States Cliff Woodbury (R) 105.109 10 158 0 Flagged
4 13 8 United States Fred Comer 100.612 16 155 0 Flagged
5 27 12 United States Peter DePaolo (W) 96.709 18 153 0 Flagged
6 8 6 United States Frank Elliott 105.873 8 152 0 Flagged
7 16 14 United States Norman Batten (R) 101.428 15 151 0 Flagged
8 15 19 United States Ralph Hepburn 102.517 14 151 0 Flagged
9 28 18 Canada John Duff (R) 95.549 20 147 0 Flagged
10 5 4 United States Phil Shafer 106.647 5 146 16 Flagged
11 12 31 United States Tony Gulotta (R) 102.789 13 142 0 Flagged
12 7 16 United States Bennett Hill 105.876 7 136 0 Flagged
13 21 33 United States Thane Houser (R) 93.672 22 102 0 Flagged
14 17 27 United Kingdom Douglas Hawkes 94.977 21 91 0 Camshaft
15 4 1 United States Dave Lewis 107.009 4 91 43 Valve
16 1 5 United States Earl Cooper 111.735 1 73 0 Transmission
17 11 9 United States Cliff Durant 104.855 12 60 0 Fuel tank leak
18 18 29 United States Ben Jones (R) 92.142 24 54 0 Crash
19 23 26 United Kingdom E. A. D. Eldridge (R) 89.777 25 45 0 Tie rod
20 24 23 United States L. L. Corum (W) 88.849 26 44 0 Shock absorbers
21 22 24 United States Steve Nemesh (R) 92.937 23 41 0 Transmission
22 6 7 United States Jules Ellingboe 106.376 6 39 0 Supercharger
23 3 10 United States Leon Duray 109.186 3 33 0 Broken axle
24 26 17 United States Fred Lecklider (R) 100.398 17 24 0 Rod
25 25 28 United States Jack McCarver (R) 86.418 28 23 0 Rod
26 9 34 Canada Bon McDougall (R) 105.180 9 19 0 Valve
27 10 22 United States W. E. Shattuc 104.977 11 15 0 Valve
28 19 39 France Albert Guyot 88.580 27 8 0 Piston
[4]

Race details[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seattle Daily Times, June 1, 1926, Page 18.
  2. ^ a b c Biography at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, Retrieved March 15, 2007
  3. ^ The Lockhart Legend/ At the height of the Roaring Twenties Frank Lockhart was America's racing superstar
  4. ^ "Indianapolis 500 1926". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Blazier, John E. and Rollings, Tom (1994). Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics. 
  6. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004


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