|Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Date||May 30, 1934|
|Winning Entrant||H.C. Henning|
|Average speed||104.863 mph|
|Pole position||Kelly Petillo|
|Pole speed||119.329 mph|
|Most laps led||Frank Brisko (69)|
|Pace car||LaSalle Model 350|
|Pace car driver||"Big Boy" Rader|
|Honorary referee||Roy D. Chapin|
The 22nd International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30, 1934. The winner was the number seven car driven by Bill Cummings, an Indianapolis native, at an average speed of 104.863 miles per hour. Cummings led for 57 laps total, including the last 26. Of the 33 cars that began the race, only 12 were running at the finish, although there were no crashes resulting in serious injuries. One serious incident involved George Bailey, whose car went over the outside wall, but resulted in only a broken wrist to the driver. The finish was the closest in the history of the race to that point, with second-place finisher Mauri Rose within 100 yards of Cummings at the finish (officially 27.25 seconds behind). Rose would also file a protest that Cummings had illegally gained ground during a "slow-down" period following a crash.
Cummings was accompanied by riding mechanic Earl Unversaw. The race was part of the 1934 AAA Championship Car season.
Ten-lap (25 mile) qualifying runs were utilized. Kelly Petillo earned the pole position with a speed of over 119 mph.
During a qualification attempt, driver Pete Kreis lost control in turn 1, climbed over the wall, and struck a tree outside of the track. He and his riding mechanic were fatally injured.
Race summary and results
At the start, polesitter Petillo took the lead for the first 4 laps. But the pace was 8 mph off the record of the previous year, owing to new fuel regulations that limited cars to 45 gallons for the entire race. By half-distance, Mauri Rose was leading, but close behind him was Cummings. "Wild Bill" first assumed the lead at 325 miles as Rose pitted for fuel, then lost it as he too made a stop. Cummings then closed on Rose and passed him with 70 miles to go. Both drivers, confident that they had enough fuel, then upped their pace to reach 140 mph on the straights. Cummings and Rose were never more than 30 seconds apart in the last part of the race. Cummings took the checkered with a new record average speed, despite the new fuel limitations. Rose was 2nd, 27 seconds behind. 
|1||10||7||Bill Cummings||H. C. Henning||Miller||Miller||116.116||6||200||57||Running|
|2||4||9||Mauri Rose||Leon Duray||Stevens||Miller||116.044||7||200||68||Running|
|3||20||2||Lou Moore||California Racers, Inc.||Miller||Miller||113.442||16||200||0||Running|
|4||19||12||Deacon Litz||A. B. Litz||Miller||Miller||113.731||14||200||0||Running|
|5||24||16||Joe Russo||Joe E. Russo||Duesenberg||Duesenberg||113.115||18||200||0||Running|
|6||8||36||Al Miller||Phil Shafer||Rigling||Buick||113.307||17||200||0||Running|
|7||18||22||Cliff Bergere||William S. White||Weil||Miller||115.243||8||200||0||Running|
|8||9||10||Russ Snowberger||Russell Snowberger||Snowberger||Studebaker||111.428||23||200||0||Running|
|9||3||32||Frank Brisko||F.W.D. Auto Company||Miller||Miller||116.894||4||200||69||Running|
|10||14||24||Herb Ardinger||Angelo Lucenti||Graham||Graham||111.722||22||200||0||Running|
|11||1||17||Kelly Petillo||Joe Marks||Adams||Miller||119.329||1||200||6||Running|
|12||29||5||Stubby Stubblefield||Cummins Engine Company||Duesenberg||Cummins||105.921||32||200||0||Running|
|13||28||49||Charles Crawford||Detroit Gasket & Manufacturing||Ford||Ford V8||108.784||30||110||0||In pits|
|14||11||31||Ralph Hepburn||Ralph Hepburn||Miller||Miller||114.321||10||164||0||Connecting rod|
|15||12||18||George Barringer||H. C. Henning||Miller||Miller||113.859||11||161||0||Bent front axle|
|16||6||26||Phil Shafer||Phil Shafer||Rigling||Buick||113.816||12||130||0||Camshaft drive|
|17||7||8||Tony Gulotta||Floyd Smith||Cooper||Studebaker||113.733||13||94||0||Rod|
|18||13||1||Louis Meyer||Louis Meyer||Stevens||Miller||112.332||20||92||0||Oil tank|
|19||22||6||Dave Evans||Cummins Engine Company||Duesenberg||Cummins||102.414||33||81||0||Transmission|
|20||15||15||Shorty Cantlon||William J. Cantlon||Stevens||Miller||117.875||2||76||0||Crankshaft|
|21||5||4||Chet Gardner||Alden Sampson II||Stevens||Miller||114.786||9||72||0||Rod|
|22||17||51||Al Gordon||Paul Weirick||Adams||Miller||116.273||5||66||0||Crash T1|
|23||23||35||Rex Mays||Fred Frame||Duesenberg||Miller||113.639||15||53||0||Front axle|
|24||25||42||Dusty Fahrnow||Irving Goldberg||Cooper||Cooper||113.070||19||28||0||Rod|
|25||21||41||Johnny Sawyer||Lencki & Unger||Miller||Lencki||109.808||27||27||0||Rod|
|26||33||33||Johnny Seymour||Fred Frame||Adams||Miller||108.591||31||22||0||Pinion gear|
|27||27||45||Rick Decker||Rickliffe Decker||Miller||Miller||110.895||26||17||0||Clutch|
|28||2||3||Wilbur Shaw||Joe Marks||Stevens||Miller||117.647||3||15||0||Lost oil|
|29||26||73||Doc MacKenzie||Mikan & Carson||Mikan-Carson||Studebaker||111.933||21||15||0||Crash NC|
|30||31||29||Gene Haustein||Lawrence J. Martz||Hudson||Hudson||109.426||28||13||0||Crash T4|
|31||30||63||Harry McQuinn||Michel DeBaets||Rigling||Miller||111.067||24||13||0||Rod|
|32||16||58||George Bailey||Roy Scott||Snowberger||Studebaker||111.063||25||12||0||Crash T3|
|33||32||46||Chet Miller||Bohn Aluminum and Brass Corporation||Ford||Ford V8||109.252||29||11||0||Crash T1|
Failed to Qualify
- Bill Chittum (#59)
- Maynard Clark (#56)
- George Connor (#39)
- Wesley Crawford (#44)
- Danny Day (#62)
- Pete DePaolo (#27) - Withdrew
- Leon Duray (#54)
- Fred Frame (#34)
- Sam Hoffman (#47)
- Ted Horn (#53)
- Harry Hunt (#43)
- Pete Kreis (#14) - Fatal accident
- Harry Lewis (#52)
- Tee Linn (#62)
- Milt Marion (#57)
- Vern Ornduff (#62)
- Jack Petticord (#52)
- Harold Shaw (#65) - Driver refused
- Orville Smith (#61) - Driver rejected
- Babe Stapp (#44, #54)
- Al Theisen (#53)
- Charles Tramison (#72)
- Bob Wallace (#53)
- Doc Williams (#38) - Driver rejected
After several consecutive 500s with multiple fatalities, new rules limited all cars to 45 gallons of fuel for the entire race. This was meant to limit speeds in the race as drivers would have to drive more conservatively or use up all their fuel before the finish. Despite predictions, new average speed records were set.
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