1934 Indianapolis 500

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22nd Indianapolis 500
Indy500winningcar1934.JPG
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body AAA
Date May 30, 1934
Winner Bill Cummings
Winning Entrant H.C. Henning
Average speed 104.863 mph (168.761 km/h)
Pole position Kelly Petillo
Pole speed 119.329 mph (192.041 km/h)
Most laps led Frank Brisko (69)
Pre-race
Pace car LaSalle Model 350
Pace car driver "Big Boy" Rader
Chronology
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The 22nd International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30, 1934. The winner was the number seven car driven by Bill Cummings, an Indianapolis native, at an average speed of 104.863 miles per hour. Cummings led for 57 laps total, including the last 26.[1] Of the 33 cars that began the race, only 12 were running at the finish, although there were no crashes resulting in serious injuries. One serious incident involved George Bailey, whose car went over the outside wall, but resulted in only a broken wrist to the driver. The finish was the closest in the history of the race to that point, with second-place finisher Mauri Rose within 100 yards of Cummings at the finish (officially 27.25 seconds behind). Rose would also file a protest that Cummings had illegally gained ground during a "slow-down" period following a crash.[2]

Cummings was accompanied by riding mechanic Earl Unversaw.

Time trials[edit]

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

Results[edit]

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 10 7 United States Bill Cummings 116.116 6 200 57 Running
2 4 9 United States Mauri Rose 116.044 7 200 68 Running
3 20 2 United States Lou Moore 113.442 16 200 0 Running
4 19 12 United States Deacon Litz 113.731 14 200 0 Running
5 24 16 United States Joe Russo 113.115 18 200 0 Running
6 8 36 United States Al Miller 113.307 17 200 0 Running
7 18 22 United States Cliff Bergere 115.243 8 200 0 Running
8 9 10 United States Russ Snowberger 111.428 23 200 0 Running
9 3 32 United States Frank Brisko 116.894 4 200 69 Running
10 14 24 United States Herb Ardinger (R) 111.722 22 200 0 Running
11 1 17 United States Kelly Petillo 119.329 1 200 6 Running
12 29 5 United States Stubby Stubblefield 105.921 32 200 0 Running
13 28 49 United States Charles Crawford (R) 108.784 30 110 0 In pits
14 11 31 United States Ralph Hepburn 114.321 10 164 0 Connecting rod
15 12 18 United States George Barringer (R) 113.859 11 161 0 Bent front axle
16 6 26 United States Phil Shafer 113.816 12 130 0 Camshaft drive
17 7 8 United States Tony Gulotta 113.733 13 94 0 Rod
18 13 1 United States Louis Meyer (W) 112.332 20 92 0 Oil tank
19 22 6 United States Dave Evans 102.414 33 81 0 Transmission
20 15 15 United States Shorty Cantlon 117.875 2 76 0 Crankshaft
21 5 4 United States Chet Gardner 114.786 9 72 0 Rod
22 17 51 United States Al Gordon 116.273 5 66 0 Crash T1
23 23 35 United States Rex Mays (R) 113.639 15 53 0 Front axle
24 25 42 United States Dusty Fahrnow (R) 113.070 19 28 0 Rod
25 21 41 United States Johnny Sawyer 109.808 27 27 0 Rod
26 33 33 United States Johnny Seymour 108.591 31 22 0 Pinion gear
27 27 45 United States Rick Decker 110.895 26 17 0 Clutch
28 2 3 United States Wilbur Shaw 117.647 3 15 0 Lost oil
29 26 73 United States Doc MacKenzie 111.933 21 15 0 Crash NC
30 31 29 United States Gene Haustein 109.426 28 13 0 Crash T4
31 30 63 United States Harry McQuinn (R) 111.067 24 13 0 Rod
32 16 58 United States George Bailey (R) 111.063 25 12 0 Crash T3
33 32 46 United States Chet Miller 109.252 29 11 0 Crash T1
[3]

Alternates[edit]

Race details[edit]

For 1934, riding mechanics were required.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ CUMMINGS VICTOR IN 500-MILE RACE Associated Press as printed in the New York Times May 31, 1934, page 26, sports. (requires subscription to read full article)
  3. ^ "Indianapolis 500 1934". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  4. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004
  5. ^ Blazier, John E. and Rollings, Tom (1994). Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics. 


1933 Indianapolis 500
Louis Meyer
1934 Indianapolis 500
Bill Cummings
1935 Indianapolis 500
Kelly Petillo
Preceded by
104.162 mph
(1933 Indianapolis 500)
Record for the fastest average speed
104.863
mph
Succeeded by
106.240 mph
(1935 Indianapolis 500)