1946 Indianapolis 500
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Date||May 30, 1946|
|Winning Entrant||Thorne Engineering|
|Average speed||114.820 mph (184.785 km/h)|
|Pole position||Cliff Bergere|
|Pole speed||126.471 mph (203.535 km/h)|
|Most laps led||George Robson (138)|
|Pace car||Lincoln Continental|
|Pace car driver||Henry Ford II|
This was the first Indianapolis 500 presided over by new track owner Tony Hulman. Despite having gone dormant for over four years due to World War II, the Speedway was re-opened, and the 1946 race was considered a rousing success.
Race winner George Robson would be killed in a racing crash just months after the victory.
The first day of time trials was held on Saturday May 18. Wind and rain kept the cars off the track for over four hours. Cliff Bergere was the first car to qualify, and his four-lap qualifying speed clinched the pole position.
At the start, Mauri Rose tied an Indy record by leading the first lap from the 9th starting position. Attrition was high in the first race after WWII, as three of the first four cars on the grid were out before the 50-mile mark.
George Robson took for good on lap 93, and led the rest of the way. Robson's six-cylinder Sparks was the first 6-cylinder winning car since Ray Harroun in 1911. Rookie Jimmy Jackson finished second, at the relatively close margin of 44 seconds.
Ted Horn made two lengthy pit stops and fell seven laps behind the last running car. Horn returned to the track, and charged all the way up third place at the finish. Horn was the fastest car on the track in the second half, and he completed the entire 500 miles, but was 12 minutes behind Robson.
A mild controversy came about after the race, as race winner George Robson was accused of breaking the rules by not exiting the cockpit of the car during pit stops.
|13||18||14||Harry McQuinn||124.499||9||124||0||Out of oil|
|16||1||3||Cliff Bergere||126.471||3||82||2||Out of oil|
|18||17||5||Chet Miller||124.649||8||64||0||Oil line|
|22||32||54||Duke Nalon||119.682||29||45||0||Universal joint|
|23||9||8||Mauri Rose||124.065||10||40||8||Crash T3|
|26||22||15||Louis Tomei||119.193||30||34||0||Oil line|
|27||21||31||Henry Banks||120.220||25||32||0||Pinion shaft|
|31||3||32||Sam Hanks||124.762||7||18||0||Oil line|
|32||4||47||Hal Cole||120.728||21||16||0||Fuel leak|
|33||2||10||Paul Russo||126.183||4||16||0||Crash T3|
The race was carried live on the Mutual Broadcasting System, the precursor to the IMS Radio Network. The broadcast was sponsored by Perfect Circle Piston Rings and Bill Slater served as the anchor. The broadcast feature live coverage of the start, the finish, and live updates throughout the race.
|Mutual Broadcasting System|
|Booth Announcers||Turn Reporters||Pit/garage reporters|
South turns: E.Z. Gwynn
- 1946 Indianapolis 500 Radio Broadcast, Mutual: Re-broadcast on "The All-Night Race Party" - WFNI (May 28, 2011)
- "Carnegie retiring after 61 years as Voice of the Speedway". USA Today. 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- "The Talk of Gasoline Alley" - WIBC-AM, May 20, 2002
- "Indianapolis 500 1946". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
- The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004
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