1928 Indianapolis 500

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16th Indianapolis 500
Indy500winningcar1928.JPG
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body AAA
Date May 30, 1928
Winner Louis Meyer
Winning Entrant Alden Sampson, II
Average speed 99.482 mph (160.101 km/h)
Pole position Leon Duray
Pole speed 122.391 mph (196.969 km/h)
Most laps led Leon Duray (59)
Pre-race
Pace car Marmon 8 (Model 78)
Pace car driver Joe Dawson
Chronology
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1927 1929

The 16th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 30, 1928.

This was the first Indianapolis 500 presided over by new Speedway president Eddie Rickenbacker.

Leon Duray, driving a 1926 Miller FD 5/Miller SC, took the pole with an average speed of 122.391 mph (196.969 km/h)

Rookie driver Louis Meyer (though he had appeared as a relief driver in 1927) took the first of what would be three Indy 500 wins in his career. Meyer started 13th in a 1926 Miller 91 2/Miller SC and led for 19 of the 200 laps, winning at an average speed of 99.482 mph (160.101 km/h). He took home $28,250 in prize money.

Time trials[edit]

Four-lap (10 mile) qualifying runs were utilized. Leon Duray won the pole position.

Qualifying Results
Date Driver Lap 1
(mph)
Lap 2
(mph)
Lap 3
(mph)
Lap 4
(mph)
Average Speed
(mph)
5/26/1928 Leon Duray 122.92 123.20 121.82 121.64 122.391

Results[edit]

Louis Meyer, the winner
Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 13 14 United States Louis Meyer (R) 111.352 17 200 19 Running
2 8 28 United States Lou Moore (R) 113.826 8 200 0 Running
3 12 3 United States George Souders (W) 111.444 16 200 9 Running
4 10 15 United States Ray Keech (R) 113.421 10 200 0 Running
5 15 22 United States Norman Batten 106.585 21 200 0 Running
6 5 7 United States Babe Stapp 116.887 5 200 7 Running
7 20 43 United States Billy Arnold (R) 111.926 12 200 0 Running
8 14 27 United States Fred Frame 107.501 20 200 0 Running
9 9 25 United States Fred Comer 113.690 9 200 0 Running
10 4 8 United States Tony Gulotta 117.031 4 200 35 Running
11 7 24 United States Louis Schneider 114.036 7 200 0 Running
12 23 12 United States Dave Evans 108.264 19 200 0 Running
13 28 29 United States Henry Kohlert (R) 93.545 29 180 0 Flagged
14 17 23 United States Deacon Litz (R) 106.213 23 161 0 Flagged
15 21 39 United States Jimmy Gleason (R) 111.708 13 195 55 Magneto
16 18 5 United States Cliff Durant 99.990 26 175 0 Supercharger
17 11 33 United States Johnny Seymour (R) 111.671 14 170 0 Supercharger
18 24 6 United States Earl Devore 109.810 18 161 0 Crash T1
19 1 4 United States Leon Duray 122.391 1 133 64 Overheating
20 16 38 United States Sam Ross (R) 106.572 22 132 0 Timing gears
21 27 26 United States Ira Hall (R) 96.886 27 115 0 Crash T1
22 19 32 United States Peter Kreis 112.906 11 73 0 Rod bearing
23 2 10 United States Cliff Woodbury 120.418 2 55 0 Timing gears
24 6 16 United States Ralph Hepburn 116.354 6 48 0 Timing gears
25 29 1 United States Wilbur Shaw 100.956 25 42 0 Timing gears
26 26 18 United States Benny Shoaff 102.409 24 35 0 Crash T1
27 25 41 United States C. W. Belt (R) 96.026 28 32 0 Valve
28 3 21 United States Cliff Bergere 119.956 3 7 0 Supercharger
29 22 34 United States Russ Snowberger (R) 111.618 15 4 11 Supercharger
[1]

Race details[edit]

  • L. L. Corum and Dutch Bauman qualified for the race, but on the morning of the race, both crashed out during practice runs. Bauman instead went on to serve as a relief driver for Tony Gulotta.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indianapolis 500 1928". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Blazier, John E. and Rollings, Tom (1994). Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics. 


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