|Born||March 2, 1913|
|Died||February 26, 2001(aged 87)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Entries||5 (3 starts)|
|First entry||1950 Indianapolis 500|
|Last entry||1954 Indianapolis 500|
Nalon began as a pit crew member for Wally Zale. Nalon occasionally warmed up the car. When Walter Galven needed a driver, Zale convinced Galven to allow Nalon to race. Nalon won the feature event.
Nalon won races on the United States' East Coast in the 1930s. Nalon competed in midget cars throughout his career. He ran his final career race at the only 100-mile (160 km) midget race ever run at Terre Haute. He raced Johnny Pawl’s famous midget to victory. He ended his career the way he started it: with a win.
Nalon started ten Indianapolis 500-mile (800 km) races, finishing only 3. He started from the pole twice, and was twice the fastest qualifier. In 1947, he competed in a Mercedes-Benz W154.
1949 Indianapolis 500 Crash
In 1949, he was involved in a massive, fiery crash in Turn 3. He backed into the wall and the car burst into flames. He survived only because he held his breath (to prevent asphyxiation), and he jumped out of the car while it was still moving. He had severe burns to his legs which gave him trouble until his death in 2001.
Indy 500 results
Complete Formula One World Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
|1950||Novi Mobil||Kurtis Kraft||Novi L8||GBR||MON||500
|1951||Novi Purelube||Kurtis Kraft||Novi L8||SUI||500
|1952||Novi Pure Oil||Kurtis Kraft||Novi L8||SUI||500
|1953||Novi Governor||Kurtis Kraft||Novi L8||ARG||500
|1954||Novi Pure Oil||Kurtis Kraft||Novi L8||ARG||500
World Championship career summary
The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Duke Nalon participated in 3 World Championship races. He started on the pole once but scored no World Championship points.
- He was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1987.
- He was named to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1991.
- In 2015, he was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.