1941 Indianapolis 500

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29th Indianapolis 500
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body AAA
Date May 30, 1941
Winner Floyd Davis & Mauri Rose
Winning Entrant Lou Moore
Average speed 115.117 mph (185.263 km/h)
Pole position Mauri Rose
Pole speed 128.91 mph (207.46 km/h)
Most laps led Wilbur Shaw (107)
Pre-race
Pace car Chrysler Newport Phaeton
Pace car driver A.B. Couture
Chronology
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1940 1946
(1942-45 cancelled-WWII)

The 29th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 30, 1941.

Floyd Davis was the starting driver for the #16 car. On lap 72, Davis came in for a pit stop, and was relieved by Mauri Rose. Rose had started the race in another car and dropped out earlier. Car owner Lou Moore was apparently unsatisfied with Davis' performance thus far in the race, and ordered Rose to take over. Rose charged up the standings and took the lead in the #16 car, and went on to win. Both drivers were credited as "co-winners," similar to what occurred in the 1924 race.

Sam Hanks was injured in a practice crash the day before the race and withdrew. He was credited with 33rd place.

On the morning of the race a fire broke out in the garage area. George Barringer's revolutionary rear-engined car was destroyed. At the time, the car was being refueled (with gasoline). In a nearby garage, another car which was owned by Joel Thorne was being worked on with a welder. The fumes caught fire from the sparks of the welding, and a huge fire broke out which burned down about a third of the southern bank of garages. The start of the race was delayed by a couple hours, and fire fighters had trouble getting to the Speedway to put of the blaze due to the heavy race day traffic. Barringer's car was withdrawn, and he was credited with 32nd finishing position. With Hanks and Barringer out, the race lined up with only 31 cars.

Two-time defending champion Wilbur Shaw crashed while leading on lap 152, and failed in his bid to become the first driver to three-peat at the Indianapolis 500. As of 2013, no driver has ever won the Indianapolis 500 three consecutive years. He would have also become the first four-time winner of the 500. It is believed the morning fire had an effect on his race. At some time before the race, Shaw was preparing his tires for the race, and used chalk to write notes on the spare tires. One particular wheel was determined to be unbalanced and, rather than being discarded, it was labeled in chalk with the words "use last." However, the firefighters' water hoses are believed to have washed off the message. Shaw inadvertently took on the bad tire during a pit stop, which caused his crash.[1]

Results[edit]

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 17 16 United States Floyd Davis (laps 1–72)
United States Mauri Rose (laps 73–200)
121.106 25 200 39 Running
2 2 1 United States Rex Mays 128.301 2 200 38 Running
3 28 4 United States Ted Horn 124.297 8 200 0 Running
4 10 54 United States Ralph Hepburn 120.653 28 200 0 Running
5 7 34 United States Cliff Bergere 123.890 13 200 10 Running
6 9 41 United States Chet Miller 121.540 23 200 0 Running
7 4 15 United States Harry McQuinn 125.449 4 200 0 Running
8 6 7 United States Frank Wearne 123.890 12 200 0 Running
9 18 45 United States Paul Russo 125.217 5 200 0 Running
10 20 27 United States Tommy Hinnershitz 121.021 27 200 0 Running
11 24 53 United States Louis Tomei 121.070 26 200 0 Running
12 31 55 United States Al Putnam 121.951 20 200 0 Running
13 26 26 United States Overton Phillips (R) 116.298 33 187 0 Flagged
14 27 25 United States Joie Chitwood 120.329 29 177 0 Flagged
15 30 17 United States Duke Nalon 122.951 17 173 0 Flagged
16 13 14 United States George Connor 123.984 10 167 0 Transmission
17 12 47 United States Everett Saylor (R) 119.860 31 155 0 Crash T4
18 3 2 United States Wilbur Shaw (W) 127.836 3 151 107 Crash T1
19 8 23 United States Billy Devore 121.770 21 121 0 Rod
20 25 62 United States Tony Willman 123.920 11 117 0 Rod
21 11 42 United States Russ Snowberger 120.104 30 107 0 Water pump
22 29 32 United States Deacon Litz 123.440 15 89 0 Oil trouble
23 22 8 United States Frank Brisko 123.381 16 70 0 Valve
24 5 36 United States Doc Williams 124.014 9 68 0 Radiator
25 16 10 Canada George Robson 121.576 22 66 0 Oil leak
26 1 3 United States Mauri Rose 128.691 1 60 6 Spark plugs
27 19 22 United States Kelly Petillo (W) 124.417 7 48 0 Rod
28 14 12 United States Al Miller 123.478 14 22 0 Transmission
29 21 9 United States Mel Hansen 124.599 6 11 0 Rod
30 15 19 United States Emil Andres 122.266 19 5 0 Crash T1
31 23 5 United States Joel Thorne 121.163 24 5 0 Crash T1
DNS 35 United States George Barringer 122.299 18 0 0 Garage fire
DNS 28 United States Sam Hanks 118.211 32 0 0 Practice crash
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Stories of the 500: 1941, Wilbur Shaw
  2. ^ "Indianapolis 500 1941". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  3. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004


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