1924 Indianapolis 500

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12th Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning bodyAAA
DateMay 30, 1924
WinnerUnited States L. L. Corum &
United States Joe Boyer (co-winners)
Winning EntrantDuesenberg
Average speed98.234 mph (158.092 km/h)
Pole positionUnited States Jimmy Murphy
Pole speed108.037 mph (173.869 km/h)
Most laps ledUnited States Earl Cooper (119)
Pre-race
Pace carCole V8
Pace car driverLew Pettijohn
StarterW.S. Gilbreath[1]
Honorary refereeHenry Ford[1]
Estimated attendance135,000-140,000[2]
Chronology
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1923 1925

The 12th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 30, 1924.

L. L. Corum started the race in the #15 entry, and was relieved during the race by Joe Boyer. Boyer proceeded to drive the car to victory, and both drivers were credited as "co-winners" for the 1924 race.

Boyer led the first lap of the race in his original #9 entry. After Boyer got out of the car and took over the #15, the #9 entry continued in the race, taken over by Ernie Ansterburg, Corum, and later Thane Houser. Houser crashed the car after 176 laps, and Boyer's original car was credited with 18th place.

Time trials[edit]

Four-lap (10 mile) qualifying runs were utilized. Jimmy Murphy won the pole position with a speed of over 108mph.

Race summary and results[edit]

The 1924 winning car

After Joe Boyer, in his original car, led the first lap, Jimmy Murphy took the lead. By half-distance, Murphy led while Earl Cooper held 2nd. Fred Duesenberg, incensed that his lead car was behind four Miller vehicles, called Boyer into the pits, as his car had fallen behind with unscheduled pit stops. He then waved in his 5th-place car, driven by L. L. Corum, and installed Boyer in it. Duesenberg reportedly told him, "Catch them," referring to the Millers, "or burn this ship!"[3]

Boyer re-entered the race with Corum's car and soon passed Bennett Hill and Harry Hartz. With 40 laps to go, he was about 1 mile behind leader Jimmy Murphy and Earl Cooper, turning laps at up to 104 mph.

Murphy was signaled that Boyer was rapidly closing and upped his pace, but he soon cut a tire and had to pit. Cooper assumed the lead but suffered the same fate after pushing harder. Cooper sped out of the pits and closed on Boyer. With 12 laps to go, Cooper made a passing attempt in turn 1, but skidded and again cut a tire, prompting another pit stop. Boyer then eased his pace to win the 500 with a record average speed of over 98 mph.[4]

Co-winners L. L. Corum (left) and Joe Boyer (right)
Finish Start No Name Entrant Chassis Engine Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 21 15 United States L. L. Corum (laps 1-111)
United States Joe Boyer (laps 112-200)
Duesenberg Duesenberg Duesenberg 93.330 16 200 24 Running
2 6 8 United States Earl Cooper Earl Cooper Miller Miller 103.900 6 200 119 Running
3 1 2 United States Jimmy Murphy  W  Jimmy Murphy Miller Miller 108.030 1 200 56 Running
4 2 4 United States Harry Hartz R. Cliff Durant Miller Miller 107.130 2 200 0 Running
5 5 3 United States Bennett Hill Harry A. Miller Miller Miller 104.840 5 200 0 Running
6 13 12 United States Peter DePaolo Duesenberg Brothers Duesenberg Duesenberg 99.280 13 200 0 Running
7 16 14 United States Fred Comer  R 
United States Wade Morton (laps 99-120)
R. Cliff Durant Miller Miller 92.880 17 200 0 Running
8 15 6 United States Ira Vail (laps 1-161)
United States C. W. Van Ranst (laps 162-200)
Ira Vail Miller Miller 96.400 15 200 0 Running
9 9 32 France Antoine Mourre  R  Antoine Mourre Miller Miller 99.490 9 200 0 Running
10 18 19 United States Bob McDonogh  R  Harry A. Miller Miller Miller 91.550 19 200 0 Running
11 7 18 United States Jules Ellingboe Harry A. Miller Miller Miller 102.600 7 200 0 Running
12 11 7 United States Jerry Wunderlich
United States Wade Morton (laps 31-90, 158-187)
R. Cliff Durant Miller Miller 99.360 11 200 0 Running
13 8 16 United States Cliff Durant
United States Phil Shafer (laps 91-110)
United States Eddie Hearne
R. Cliff Durant Miller Miller 101.610 8 199 0 Out of gas
14 19 26 United States Bill Hunt  R  Barber-Warnock Ford T Fronty-Ford 85.040 21 191 0 Flagged
15 17 31 United States Ora Haibe
United States Elmer Dempsey (laps 101-121)
Albert Schmidt Mercedes Mercedes 92.810 18 182 0 Flagged
16 20 28 United Kingdom Alfred Moss  R  Barber-Warnock Ford T Fronty-Ford 85.270 20 177 0 Flagged
17 22 27 United States Fred Harder  R  Barber-Warnock Ford T Fronty-Ford 82.770 22 177 0 Flagged
18 4 9 United States Joe Boyer (laps 1-94)
United States Ernie Ansterburg (laps 95-158)
United States L. L. Corum (laps 159-175)
United States Thane Houser (lap 176)
Duesenberg Brothers Duesenberg Duesenberg 104.840 4 176 1 Crash T1
19 14 1 United States Eddie Hearne
United States Cliff Durant (laps 123-137)
R. Cliff Durant Miller Miller 99.230 14 151 0 Fuel line
20 12 21 United States Frank Elliott Frank R. Elliott Miller Miller 99.310 12 149 0 Gas tank
21 3 5 United States Tommy Milton  W  Tommy Milton Miller Miller 105.200 3 110 0 Gas tank
22 10 10 United States Ernie Ansterburg  R  Duesenberg Duesenberg Duesenberg 99.400 10 2 0 Crash T2
[5][6]

Race details[edit]

  • Eddie Hearne was the lone entry in the race who competed in the inaugural Indy 500

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fox, Jack C. (1994). The Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500 1911-1994 (4th ed.). Carl Hungness Publishing. p. 22. ISBN 0-915088-05-3.
  2. ^ Patton, W. Blaine (May 31, 1924). "Boyer Relieves 'Duesie' Pilot In 106th, Finishing; Corum Officially Wins". The Indianapolis Star. p. 1. Retrieved June 3, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.Open access icon
  3. ^ Book "The Indianapolis 500: A Complete Pictorial History" p. 58
  4. ^ Book "The Indianapolis 500: A Complete Pictorial History" p.58-61
  5. ^ "Indianapolis 500 1924". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  6. ^ Popely, Rick; Riggs, L. Spencer (1998). The Indianapolis 500 Chronicle. Lincolnwood, Illinois: Publications International, Ltd. ISBN 0-7853-2798-3.
  7. ^ Blazier, John E.; Rollings, Tom (1994). Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics.
  8. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004


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