1929 Indianapolis 500

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17th Indianapolis 500
Ray Keech n041941.jpg
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body AAA
Date May 30, 1929
Winner Ray Keech
Winning Entrant Maude A. Yagle
Average speed 97.585 mph (157.048 km/h)
Pole position Cliff Woodbury
Pole speed 120.599 mph (194.085 km/h)
Most laps led Louis Meyer (65)
Pre-race
Pace car Studebaker President Roadster
Pace car driver George Hunt
Chronology
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1928 1930

The 17th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 30, 1929.[1]

Maude A. Yagle was the winning owner, the first female-owned winner of the Indianapolis 500.

Defending race winner Louis Meyer was leading late in the race, but lost nearly seven minutes when his car stalled in the pits due to low oil pressure on lap 157.

Two weeks after winning the race, Ray Keech was killed at Altoona Speedway on June 15, 1929.

The facility was expanded in 1929 to include a golf course. Dubbed the "Speedway Golf Course," it featured nine holes outside the track, and nine holes inside the track.

Time trials[edit]

Four-lap (10 mile) qualifying runs were utilized. Cliff Woodbury won the pole position. On race day, Woodbury would become the first pole-sitter to finish last in the race.

Qualifying Results
Date Driver Lap 1
(mph)
Lap 2
(mph)
Lap 3
(mph)
Lap 4
(mph)
Average Speed
(mph)
5/25/1929 Cliff Woodbury 120.805 121.408 120.805 119.395 120.599

Box score[edit]

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 6 2 United States Ray Keech 114.905 6 200 46 Running
2 8 1 United States Lou Meyer (W) 114.709 9 200 65 Running
3 23 53 United States Jimmy Gleason 110.345 21 200 0 Running
4 25 43 United States Carl Marchese (R) 108.440 23 200 0 Running
5 21 42 United States Freddy Winnai (R) 113.892 12 200 0 Running
6 28 48 United States Speed Gardner (R) 105.985 27 200 0 Running
7 14 6 Monaco Louis Chiron (R) 107.351 26 200 0 Running
8 7 9 United States Billy Arnold 114.752 8 200 0 Running
9 32 25 United States Cliff Bergere 103.687 32 200 0 Running
10 22 34 United States Fred Frame 111.328 19 193 11 Flagged
11 29 28 United States Frank Brisko (R) 105.857 28 180 0 Flagged
12 18 17 United States Phil Shafer 111.628 17 150 0 Flagged
13 13 3 United States Lou Moore 110.677 20 198 22 Rod
14 26 36 United States Frank Farmer (R) 107.972 24 140 0 Supercharger
15 24 49 United States Wesley Crawford (R) 108.607 22 127 0 Carburetor
16 17 4 United States Peter Kreis 112.528 14 91 0 Engine seized
17 11 23 United States Tony Gulotta 112.146 15 91 0 Supercharger
18 19 5 United States Bob McDonogh 111.614 18 74 0 Oil tank
19 33 46 United States Bill Lindau (R) 102.509 33 70 0 Valve
20 27 31 United States Herman Schurch (R) 107.477 25 70 0 Gas tank split
21 16 38 United States Johnny Seymour 114.307 11 65 0 Rear axle
22 2 21 United States Leon Duray 119.087 2 65 7 Carburetor
23 30 29 United States Rick Decker (R) 105.288 30 61 0 Supercharger
24 9 26 United States Deacon Litz 114.526 10 56 49 Rod
25 31 27 United States Albert Karnatz (R) 104.749 31 50 0 Gas leak
26 20 47 United States Ernie Triplett (R) 114.789 7 48 0 Rod
27 10 12 United States Russ Snowberger 113.622 13 45 0 Supercharger
28 4 32 United States Babe Stapp 115.618 4 40 0 Universal joint
29 15 35 France Jules Moriceau (R) 105.609 29 30 0 Crash T4
30 5 37 United States Peter DePaolo (W) 115.093 5 25 0 Steering
31 3 18 United States Ralph Hepburn 116.543 3 14 0 Transmission
32 12 10 United States Bill Spence (R) 111.649 16 9 0 Died in crash at T2
33 1 8 United States Cliff Woodbury 120.599 1 3 0 Crash T3

Race details[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blazier, John E. and Rollings, Tom (1994). Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics. 


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