1926 Indianapolis 500
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Date||May 31, 1926|
|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)|
|Pace car||Chrysler Imperial 80|
|Pace car driver||Louis Chevrolet|
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. He moved up to second on Lap 16. After the rain delay, Lockhart and Dave Lewis battled for the lead for about 20 laps, until Lewis dropped out. 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.
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.
|1||20||15||Frank Lockhart (R)||95.780||19||160||95||Running|
|3||14||36||Cliff Woodbury (R)||105.109||10||158||0||Flagged|
|5||27||12||Peter DePaolo (W)||96.709||18||153||0||Flagged|
|7||16||14||Norman Batten (R)||101.428||15||151||0||Flagged|
|9||28||18||John Duff (R)||95.549||20||147||0||Flagged|
|11||12||31||Tony Gulotta (R)||102.789||13||142||0||Flagged|
|13||21||33||Thane Houser (R)||93.672||22||102||0||Flagged|
|17||11||9||Cliff Durant||104.855||12||60||0||Fuel tank leak|
|18||18||29||Ben Jones (R)||92.142||24||54||0||Crash|
|19||23||26||E. A. D. Eldridge (R)||89.777||25||45||0||Tie rod|
|20||24||23||L. L. Corum (W)||88.849||26||44||0||Shock absorbers|
|21||22||24||Steve Nemesh (R)||92.937||23||41||0||Transmission|
|23||3||10||Leon Duray||109.186||3||33||0||Broken axle|
|24||26||17||Fred Lecklider (R)||100.398||17||24||0||Rod|
|25||25||28||Jack McCarver (R)||86.418||28||23||0||Rod|
|26||9||34||Bon McDougall (R)||105.180||9||19||0||Valve|
|27||10||22||W. E. Shattuc||104.977||11||15||0||Valve|
- For 1926, riding mechanics were optional, however, no teams utilized them.
- First alternate: none
- Seattle Daily Times, June 1, 1926, Page 18.
- Biography at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, Retrieved March 15, 2007
- The Lockhart Legend/ At the height of the Roaring Twenties Frank Lockhart was America's racing superstar
- "Indianapolis 500 1926". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
- Blazier, John E. and Rollings, Tom (1994). Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics.
- The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004
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