1933 Indianapolis 500

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21st Indianapolis 500
Indy500winningcar1933.JPG
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body AAA
Date May 30, 1933
Winner Louis Meyer
Winning Entrant Tydol-Meyer
Average speed 104.162 mph (167.632 km/h)
Pole position Bill Cummings
Pole speed 118.530 mph (190.756 km/h)
Most laps led Louis Meyer (71)
Pre-race
Pace car Chrysler Imperial
Pace car driver Byron Foy
Chronology
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1932 1934

The 21st International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday, May 30, 1933. Louis Meyer defeated Wilbur Shaw by a time of 401.89 seconds (6.69 minutes). The average speed of the race was 104.162 miles per hour (167.632 km/h) while Bill Cummings achieved the pole position with a speed of 118.521 miles per hour (190.741 km/h).

Meyer was accompanied by riding mechanic Lawson Harris.

The 1933 month of May at Indianapolis would go on record as the deadliest running of the 500. Five participants were fatally injured. During practice, Bill Denver and his riding mechanic Bob Hurst were killed in a crash. On race day, Mark Billman was killed in a crash on lap 79 while Lester Spangler and his riding mechanic G.L. "Monk" Jordan were killed in a crash on lap 132. It was the fifth straight year at least one competitor would die in a crash during the month.

Time trials[edit]

Ten-lap (25 mile) qualifying runs were utilized.

Results[edit]

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 6 36 United States Louis Meyer (W) 116.977 7 200 71 Running
2 23 17 United States Wilbur Shaw 115.497 12 200 0 Running
3 4 37 United States Lou Moore 117.843 4 200 0 Running
4 15 21 United States Chet Gardner 112.319 22 200 0 Running
5 10 8 United States Stubby Stubblefield 114.784 13 200 0 Running
6 36 38 United States Dave Evans 109.448 36 200 0 Running
7 12 34 United States Tony Gulotta 113.578 15 200 0 Running
8 17 4 United States Russ Snowberger 110.769 27 200 0 Running
9 16 9 United States Zeke Meyer 111.099 25 200 0 Running
10 20 46 United States Luther Johnson 110.097 31 200 0 Running
11 9 6 United States Cliff Bergere 115.643 11 200 0 Running
12 18 47 United States L. L. Corum (W) 110.465 29 200 0 Running
13 40 49 United States Willard Prentiss (R) 107.776 41 200 0 Running
14 27 14 Argentina Raúl Riganti 108.081 39 200 0 Running
15 28 29 United States Gene Haustein 107.603 42 197 0 Flagged
16 14 26 United States Deacon Litz 113.138 17 197 0 Flagged
17 31 18 United States Joe Russo 112.531 20 192 0 Flagged
18 39 51 United States Doc MacKenzie 108.073 40 192 0 Rear axle
19 25 27 United States Kelly Petillo 113.037 18 168 0 Spun & stalled
20 32 28 United States Chet Miller 112.025 23 163 0 Rod
21 24 19 United States Al Miller 109.799 35 161 0 Rod
22 19 68 United States Bennett Hill 110.264 30 158 0 Rod
23 29 45 United States Babe Stapp 116.626 9 156 60 Out of gas
24 26 32 United States Wesley Crawford 109.862 33 147 0 Crash T1
25 1 5 United States Bill Cummings 118.521 1 136 32 Radiator
26 7 15 United States Lester Spangler (R) 116.903 8 132 0 Died in crash at T1
27 35 65 United States Freddy Winnai 111.018 26 125 0 Engine trouble
28 30 57 United States Malcolm Fox 112.922 19 121 0 Crash T1
29 3 12 United States Fred Frame (W) 117.864 3 85 37 Valve
30 22 64 United States Mark Billman (R) 112.410 21 0 0 Died in crash at T2
31 34 53 United States Johnny Sawyer (R) 110.590 28 77 0 Clutch
32 11 2 United States Peter Kreis 114.370 14 63 0 Universal joint
33 5 16 United States Ernie Triplett 117.685 5 61 0 Piston
34 13 25 United States Shorty Cantlon 113.384 16 50 0 Rod
35 42 3 United States Mauri Rose (R) 117.649 6 48 0 Timing gears
36 2 58 United States Frank Brisko 118.388 2 47 0 Oil too hot
37 8 10 United States Ira Hall 115.739 10 37 0 Piston
38 41 23 United States Ralph Hepburn 110.001 32 33 0 Rod bearing
39 37 59 United States Ray Campbell 108.650 37 24 0 Oil leak
40 33 24 United States Paul Bost 111.330 24 13 0 Oil line
41 38 61 United States Rick Decker 108.280 38 13 0 Manifold
42 21 22 United States Louis Schneider (W) 109.850 34 1 0 Stalled
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Alternates[edit]

Race details[edit]

For 1933, riding mechanics were required.[4]

"Will Overhead"[edit]

In 1933, one of the more famous bits of Indy 500 nostalgia occurred. Telegraph was still being used to transmit race information to newspapers and other outlets across the United States. George Zanaon, a typesetter for the World Independent newspaper in the town of Walsenburg, Colorado was preparing a story for that day's Indianapolis 500. Since Memorial Day was a holiday, the young reporter was alone monitoring the Associated Press wire for race updates. The race took several hours to complete, and the AP wire was shut down prior to the finish. The reporter had nearly the entire story ready for print, minus the winner of the race. A helpful AP editor in Denver advised him that he would send the name of the winner via Western Union telegraph.

The telegraph Zanaon received, in typical newspaper shorthand lingo was: "WILL OVERHEAD WINNER OF INDIANAPOLIS 500," meaning that he would send the information by telegraph when the information was available. The young reporter misunderstood the message, and reported that a driver named Will Overhead was the winner. The headline read "Will Overhead won the Indianapolis Memorial Day race today. At the two hundred fifty mile post Babe Stapp was leading the string of racing cars, but gave way to Overhead on then last half of the 500 mile grind." The true winner was Louis Meyer. The gaffe put the town of Walsenburg, and the World Independent newspaper, on the map in racing circles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indianapolis 500 1933". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  2. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004
  3. ^ "Wheeling, dealing for final spot in Indy 500 is under way". St. Joseph Gazette. 1984-05-24. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  4. ^ Blazier, John E. and Rollings, Tom (1994). Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics. 


1932 Indianapolis 500
Fred Frame
1933 Indianapolis 500
Louis Meyer
1934 Indianapolis 500
Bill Cummings
Preceded by
104.144 mph
(1932 Indianapolis 500)
Record for the fastest average speed
104.162
mph
Succeeded by
104.863 mph
(1934 Indianapolis 500)