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|
The 1946 International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was the 30th running of the Indianapolis 500. It was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 30, 1946. This was the first Indianapolis 500 presided over by new track owner Tony Hulman. The track had closed in late 1941 due to World War II, and over the next four years, the facility fell into a terrible state of disrepair. Hulman purchased the Speedway in November 1945, and quickly went to work cleaning up the grounds, which had become overwhelmed by overgrowth and weeds. The Speedway 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.
On Sunday, May 26, Ralph Hepburn, driving a brand-new Novi Governor front-drive special, shattered the one and four-lap track records with speeds of 134.449 and 133.944 miles per hour, respectively. He would start the race in 19th 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 the lead 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. A protest was filed, but it was later dismissed.
|2||5||61||Jimmy Jackson (R)||120.257||24||200||5||Running|
|6||6||33||Louis Durant (R)||118.973||31||200||0||Running|
|7||28||52||Luigi Villoresi (R)||121.249||18||200||0||Running|
|9||25||39||Bill Sheffler (R)||120.611||23||139||0||Flagged|
|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|
|17||8||45||Duke Dinsmore (R)||123.279||12||82||0||Rod|
|18||17||5||Chet Miller||124.649||8||64||0||Oil line|
|19||16||63||Jimmy Wilburn (R)||125.113||6||52||0||Engine|
|20||26||42||Tony Bettenhausen (R)||123.094||13||47||0||Rod|
|21||33||59||Danny Kladis (R)||118.890||32||46||0||Towed|
|22||32||54||Duke Nalon||119.682||29||45||0||Universal joint|
|23||9||8||Mauri Rose||124.065||10||40||8||Crash T3|
|25||23||48||Hal Robson (R)||121.466||16||37||0||Rod|
|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 (R)||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
- The Talk of Gasoline Alley. May 22, 2013. WFNI.
- "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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