1936 Indianapolis 500

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24th Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body AAA
Date May 30, 1936
Winner Louis Meyer
Winning Entrant Louis Meyer
Average speed 109.069 mph (175.530 km/h)
Pole position Rex Mays
Pole speed 119.644 mph (192.548 km/h)
Most laps led Louis Meyer (96)
Pre-race
Pace car Packard 120
Pace car driver Tommy Milton
Chronology
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1935 1937

The 24th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 30, 1936. The race is remembered for three noteworthy Indy traditions getting their start.

Louis Meyer became the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. He notably celebrated in victory lane with a bottle of buttermilk, which later started the famous tradition of serving milk in victory lane at Indianapolis.

Lawson Harris served as Meyer's riding mechanic. Harris, who also rode with Meyer in 1933, became the first two-time Indianapolis 500 winning riding mechanic.

The Borg-Warner Trophy debuted for the winner in 1936. Also, pace car driver Tommy Milton suggested that the race winner should be awarded the official pace car as part of his compliment of prizes. Louis Meyer was given the keys to the Packard after the race, and it has been a tradition ever since (with only a handful of exceptions).

Time trials[edit]

Ten-lap (25 mile) qualifying runs were utilized. Rex Mays won the pole position for the second consecutive year.

Qualifying Results
Date Driver Lap 1
(mph)
Lap 2
(mph)
Lap 3
(mph)
Lap 4
(mph)
Lap 5
(mph)
Lap 6
(mph)
Lap 7
(mph)
Lap 8
(mph)
Lap 9
(mph)
Lap 10
(mph)
Average Speed
(mph)
Sat 5/16/1936 Rex Mays 119.745 119.348 118.743 119.968 121.065 119.984 120.289 119.697 119.253 118.985 119.644

Results[edit]

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 28 8 United States Louis Meyer (W) 114.171 18 200 96 Running
2 11 22 United States Ted Horn 116.564 8 200 16 Running
3 4 10 United States Doc MacKenzie 116.961 5 200 0 Running
4 30 36 United States Mauri Rose 113.890 21 200 0 Running
5 3 18 United States Chet Miller 117.675 3 200 0 Running
6 25 41 United States Ray Pixley (R) 116.703 7 200 0 Running
7 9 3 United States Wilbur Shaw 117.503 4 200 51 Running
8 14 17 United States George Barringer 112.700 27 200 0 Running
9 32 53 United States Zeke Meyer 111.476 30 200 0 Running
10 5 38 United States George Connor 116.269 9 200 0 Running
11 12 35 United States Freddy Winnai 116.221 10 199 0 Flagged
12 24 9 United States Ralph Hepburn 112.673 28 196 0 Flagged
13 27 28 United States Harry McQuinn 114.118 19 196 0 Out of gas
14 10 7 United States Shorty Cantlon 116.912 6 194 0 Out of gas
15 1 33 United States Rex Mays 119.644 1 192 12 Out of gas
16 23 54 United States Doc Williams (R) 112.837 26 192 0 Out of gas
17 29 32 United States Lou Moore 113.996 20 185 0 Out of gas
18 33 19 United States Emil Andres (R) 111.455 31 184 0 Flagged
19 15 4 United States Floyd Roberts 112.403 29 183 0 Out of gas
20 20 14 United States Frank Brisko 114.213 17 180 0 Out of gas
21 17 12 United States Al Miller 116.138 11 119 0 Crash FS
22 7 42 United States Cliff Bergere 113.377 22 116 0 Engine support
23 26 15 United States Deacon Litz 115.997 13 108 0 Crankshaft
24 2 21 United States Babe Stapp 118.945 2 89 25 Crankshaft
25 19 5 United States Billy Winn 114.648 16 78 0 Crankshaft
26 22 52 United States Frank McGurk (R) 113.102 24 51 0 Crankshaft
27 8 27 United States Louis Tomei 111.078 33 44 0 Engine support
28 6 44 United States Herb Ardinger 115.082 15 38 0 Transmission
29 18 6 United States Chet Gardner 116.000 12 38 0 Clutch
30 16 43 United States Jimmy Snyder 111.291 32 21 0 Oil leak
31 21 47 United States Johnny Seymour 113.169 23 13 0 Clutch
32 31 46 United States Fred Frame (W) 112.877 25 4 0 Piston
33 13 2 United States Bill Cummings (W) 115.939 14 0 0 Clutch
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Alternates[edit]

Race details[edit]

  • For 1936, riding mechanics were required.[3]
  • After numerous fatalities in the 1935 race, safety measured were made for 1936. All new drivers were required to pass a rookie test prior to qualifying. In addition, the inside wall was removed in several locations, the outside walls were angled inward to keep cars from going over them, and several portions of the track were paved over in asphalt. In a sharp contrast to previous years, the 1935 race saw zero fatalities amongst the competitors and/or spectators. It marked the only year from the span of 1929-1940 (the Depression Era) in which no fatalities occurred at the Speedway.
  • Bill Cummings car failed to pull away from the grid due to clutch and transmission failure. He became the first driver in Indy history to line up for the grid, but fail to pull away and start the race.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indianapolis 500 1936". 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. ^ Blazier, John E. and Rollings, Tom (1994). Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics. 


1935 Indianapolis 500
Kelly Petillo
1936 Indianapolis 500
Louis Meyer
1937 Indianapolis 500
Wilbur Shaw
Preceded by
106.240 mph
(1935 Indianapolis 500)
Record for the fastest average speed
109.069
mph
Succeeded by
113.580 mph
(1937 Indianapolis 500)