Al Gordon (racing driver)

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Al Gordon (1903 Redlands, California – 26 January 1936 Alhambra, California) was an American racecar driver.

Gordon made nine AAA Championship Car starts from 1932 to 1935 and made two non-points paying starts after that, winning an exhibition race in Oakland, California in 1936. Gordon drove in the Indianapolis 500 in 1932, 1934, and 1935, but never successfully finished the race. He qualified second in 1935. Gordon was fatally injured in a crash during a non-championship race at Legion Ascot Speedway in Alhambra, California in 1936. His riding mechanic Spider Matlock was also killed in the crash.[1] The crash is said to have ended racing at Legion Ascot and the grandstands burned down eight months later, putting an end to the facility.[2]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1932 26 37 111.290 17 40 3 0 Crash T4
1934 51 17 116.273 5 22 66 0 Crash T1
1935 6 2 119.481 2 30 17 0 Crash T4
Totals 86 0
Starts 3
Poles 0
Front Row 1
Wins 0
Top 5 0
Top 10 0
Retired 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Archive for the ‘Spider Matlock’ tag Essential racing history, Retrieved 2012-07-11
  2. ^ LEGION ASCOT SPEEDWAY 1924-1936, Lincoln Heights LA, Retrieved 2012-07-11

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