|William "Billy" Carlson|
October 17, 1889|
San Diego, California
|Died||July 4, 1915
Billy Carlson began his career competing in races on the Pacific coast and was a comparative unknown before he started in the 500-mile classic at Indianpolis in 1914. He took ninth in the event and "immediately attained prominence on the gasoline circuit."
He was a member of the Maxwell team for two years in 1914 and 1915 after he was "discovered" by Ray Harroun, a Maxwell engineer. His most notable achievement after joining Maxwell was his world's non-stop record of 305 miles made at San Diego, California, in January 1915. He came in second to Barney Oldfield at Venice, California.
Carlson sustained fatal injuries in the Montamarathon race at Tacoma Speedway on July 4, 1915. Maxwell suspended their racing game for the remainder of the season and the team was disbanded and the automobiles were shipped back to the factory in Detroit.
Indy 500 results
- Motor age, Volume 28, No. 2. The Trade Press Co., Chicago, Illinois - July 1915.
- "Auto Driver Dies. Billy Carlson Victim of Accident at Tacoma Speedway Races". The New York Times. July 6, 1915. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
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