Andersen at the 1915 Indianapolis 500
September 27, 1879|
|Died||December 23, 1935
Gil Andersen was born on September 27, 1879 in Horten, Vestfold county, Norway. He later became a full citizen of the United States. He competed in the first six Indianapolis 500 races, appearing in annual races from 1911 through 1916. For the 1911 Indianapolis 500, all of the drivers except for Gil Andersen were American citizens. One his major victories was in the 1913 Elgin Road Race, which he won at an average speed of 71 mph.On October 9, 1915, Anderson set a new auto speed record of 102.6 mph , winning the first Astor Cup race at Sheepshead Bay. N.Y.  In 1928 Andersen established a new American stock car speed record, when he clocked 106.52 mph in a Stutz Blackhawk on the measured mile at Daytona Beach, Florida.
He worked as an engineer for the Stutz Motor Company. Stutz was in operation from 1911 and continued through 1935. Gil Andersen also was a co-founder of the ReVere Motor Company. ReVere Motor Company is a defunct luxury car manufacturing company which was in operation from 1918 until 1926.
Gil Andersen died on July 26, 1935 in Logansport, Indiana at age 55.
Indy 500 results
Gil Andersen at the 1915 Indianapolis 500
Andersen's #28 car (second from left), preparing for the 1916 Indianapolis 500
- 1911 Indianapolis 500(Autoblog)
- "STUTZ WINS ELGIN RACE.; Anderson Drives Winning Car at 71 1/2 Miles an Hour.". New York Times. August 31, 1913. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- The Encyclopedia of American Facts & Dates, Gordon Carruth, Eighth Edition, Harper & Row
- "Andersen to Pilot Stutz in Dual Stock Car Race". Milwaukee Sentinel. March 18, 1928. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- Gil Andersen (The Indy 500 drivers — Where are they now?)
- Gil Andersen, Extended driver stats (ChampCarStats.com)
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