1927 Indianapolis 500

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15th Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning bodyAAA
DateMay 30, 1927
WinnerGeorge Souders
Winning EntrantWilliam S. White
Average speed97.545 mph (156.983 km/h)
Pole positionFrank Lockhart
Pole speed120.100 mph (193.282 km/h)
Most laps ledFrank Lockhart (110)
Pre-race
Pace carLaSalle V-8 Series 303
Pace car driverWillard "Big Boy" Rader
StarterGeorge Townsend[1]
Honorary refereeCharles F. Kettering[1]
Estimated attendance135,000[2]
Chronology
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1926 1928

The 15th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday, May 30, 1927.

First-time starter George Souders wins by eight laps, the largest margin since 1913. Souders becomes the first driver to win the full-500 mile race solo, with neither help from a relief driver, nor accompanied by a riding mechanic.

Time trials[edit]

Four-lap (10 mile) qualifying runs were utilized. Frank Lockhart won the pole position with a speed of 120.10 mph. Lockhart set a new 1-lap track record on his final lap.

Qualifying Results
Date Driver Lap 1
(mph)
Lap 2
(mph)
Lap 3
(mph)
Lap 4
(mph)
Average Speed
(mph)
5/26/1927 Frank Lockhart 120.192 119.474 119.824 120.918 120.100

Results[edit]

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 22 32 United States George Souders (R) 111.551 12 200 51 Running
2 15 10 United States Earl Devore 107.497 23 200 0 Running
3 27 27 United States Tony Gulotta 107.765 22 200 0 Running
4 19 29 United States Wilbur Shaw (R) 104.465 32 200 0 Running
5 28 21 United States Dave Evans (R) 107.360 25 200 0 Running
6 7 14 United States Bob McDonogh 113.175 8 200 0 Running
7 18 16 United States Eddie Hearne 105.115 31 200 0 Running
8 25 6 United States Tommy Milton (W) 108.758 20 200 0 Running
9 14 25 United States Cliff Bergere (R) 108.820 19 200 0 Running
10 13 5 United States Frank Elliott 109.682 17 200 0 Running
11 33 31 United States Fred Frame (R) 106.859 27 199 0 Flagged
12 32 42 United States Jim Hill (R) 107.392 24 197 0 Flagged
13 31 24 United States Benny Shoaff (R) 110.152 13 198 0 Rear end gears
14 26 41 United States Wade Morton 108.075 21 152 0 Crash
15 20 44 United States Al Melcher (R) 102.918 33 144 0 Supercharger
16 23 43 United States Louis Schneider (R) 109.910 15 137 0 Timing gears
17 12 9 United States Peter Kreis 109.900 16 123 0 Front axle
18 1 2 United States Frank Lockhart (W) 120.100 1 120 110 Rod
19 6 15 United States Cliff Woodbury 113.200 7 108 0 Supercharger
20 17 26 United States Dutch Bauman (R) 106.078 29 90 9 Pinion shaft
21 29 35 United States Al Cotey (R) 106.295 28 87 0 Universal joint
22 16 17 United States W. E. Shattuc 107.060 26 83 0 Valve
23 30 23 United States Fred Lecklider 105.729 30 49 0 Crash T1
24 5 19 United States Ralph Hepburn 114.209 5 39 0 Fuel tank leak
25 4 1 United States Harry Hartz 116.739 4 38 0 Crankshaft
26 2 3 United States Peter DePaolo (W) 119.510 2 31 30 Supercharger
27 3 12 United States Leon Duray 118.788 3 26 0 Fuel tank leak
28 9 4 United States Bennett Hill 112.013 10 26 0 Shackle bolt
29 21 18 United States Jules Ellingboe 113.239 6 25 0 Crash T4
30 10 8 United States Norman Batten 111.940 11 24 0 Caught fire
31 24 38 United States Babe Stapp (R) 109.555 18 24 0 Universal joint
32 11 22 United States Jack Petticord (R) 109.920 14 22 0 Supercharger
33 8 7 United States Dave Lewis 112.275 9 21 0 Front axle
[3]

Race details[edit]

For 1927, riding mechanics were optional;[4] however, no teams utilized them.

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, 1927). "Hoosier Averages 97.45 Miles An Hour In 500-Mile Grind". The Indianapolis Star. p. 1. Retrieved June 3, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Indianapolis 500 1927". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  4. ^ Blazier, John E.; Rollings, Tom (1994). Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics.


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