Duane Carter

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Duane Carter
Born (1913-05-05)May 5, 1913
Fresno, California
Died May 7, 1993(1993-05-07) (aged 80)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 19501955, 19591960
Teams Kurtis Kraft, Kuzma, Lesovsky, Stevens, Deidt
Races 8
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 6.5
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1950 Indianapolis 500
Last race 1960 Indianapolis 500

Duane Carter (May 5, 1913 – May 7, 1993) was an American racecar driver. He raced midget cars, sprint cars, and IndyCars.[1] Carter was born in Fresno, California, and he died in Indianapolis, Indiana. His son Pancho raced in Indy cars, along with Johnny Parsons (who he helped raise[2]).

Racing career[edit]

Midget cars[edit]

Carter started racing midgets at the 1/5 mile dirt track in the west side of Fresno while attending Fresno State University. He was one of six drivers who went to Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand in 1937. He was a consistent winner on the Nutley board track in 1939 while future journalist Chris Economaki was his unofficial crew chief. He won the 1940 Detroit VFW Motor Speedway title, the 1942 championship at Sportsman Park in Cleveland. He captured a 500-mile (800 km) victory in his midget car at the 1947 Los Angeles Coliseum Motordome after Danny Oakes was initially declared the winner.[1]

Sprint cars[edit]

He moved up to the sprint cars, and won the 1950 Midwest division.[1]

Indy Cars[edit]

He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1948-1955, 1959–1960, and 1963 seasons with 47 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in each season. He finished in the top ten 23 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in 1953 at Phoenix. In his last race, at the Indy 500, he drove the innovative John Crosthwaite designed Harvey Aluminium Special ‘roller skate car’ with the then pioneering low profile, wide racing tyres and a stock Chevrolet engine. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

USAC director[edit]

He retired from competition in 1956 to take the Competition Director position for USAC. He returned to competition in 1959 after Henry Banks took over the position.[1]

Career awards[edit]

Indy 500 results[edit]

* shared drive with Sam Hanks

** shared drive with Troy Ruttman

  • Carter drove over 4,300 miles (6,900 km) at Indianapolis without leading a lap. This currently ranks 4th on the all-time list.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Points
1950 Murrell Belanger Stevens Offenhauser L4 GBR
MON
500
12
SUI
BEL
FRA
ITA
NC 0
1951 Mobiloil / Rotary Engineering Deidt Tuffanelli Derrico Offenhauser L4 SUI
500
8
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
ESP
NC 0
1952 Belanger Motors Lesovsky Offenhauser L4 SUI
500
4
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
NED
ITA
15th 3
1953 Bardahl / Ed Walsh Kurtis Kraft 4000 Offenhauser L4 ARG
500
3 †
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
ITA
13th= 2
1954 Automobile Shippers / Casaroll Kurtis Kraft 500A Offenhauser L4 ARG
500
4 *
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
ITA
ESP
23rd= 1.5
1955 J.C. Agajanian Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG
MON
500
11
BEL
NED
GBR
ITA
NC 0
1959 Smokey Yunick Kurtis Kraft 500H Offenhauser L4 MON
500
7
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
USA
NC 0
1960 Thompson / Ensley & Murphy Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG
MON
500
12
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
POR
ITA
USA
NC 0
† Indicates shared drive with Sam Hanks after retiring his own car.
* Indicates shared drive with Troy Ruttman. Carter's own car finished 15th after being taken over by Marshall Teague, Jimmy Jackson and Tony Bettenhausen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Biography for Johnny Parsons at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  3. ^ Road & Track magazine June 1963
  4. ^ Motor Trend magazine June 1963
  5. ^ Car & Driver magazine June 1963
  6. ^ Car and Driver magazine August 1963
  7. ^ Indianapolis 500 Mile Race USAC Yearbook 1963. Floyd Clymer