Mauri Rose

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Mauri Rose
Born(1906-05-26)May 26, 1906
Columbus, Ohio, United States
DiedJanuary 1, 1981(1981-01-01) (aged 74)
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19501951
Career points4
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1951 Indianapolis 500

Maurice "Mauri" Rose[1] (May 26, 1906 – January 1, 1981) was an American racecar driver.

He started from the pole position driving a Maserati in the 1941 Indianapolis 500, but spark plug problems put him out of the race after sixty laps. He then took over the Wetteroth/Offenhauser car being driven by Floyd Davis that had started in 17th place. Rose went on to win. In 1947 and 1948, Rose captured back-to-back Indy 500's driving one of the Deidt/Offenhauser Blue Crown Spark Plug Specials, owned and prepared by veteran driver/car owner Lou Moore.

Late in the 1947 race, Rose found himself lying second to his rookie teammate, Bill Holland. But Holland thought he had more than a lap lead on Rose, instead of just a few seconds. Rose closed on Holland and to his amazement, Holland gave way without a battle and even gave Rose a friendly wave as he went past on his way to victory. Holland was furious afterward.

In 1949, with Holland leading and Rose again running second late in the race, Rose set out to overtake his now-veteran teammate. Rose ignored car owner Lou Moore's "EZ" signs from the pits and continued to push in pursuit of Holland. Finally Rose's car broke, Holland cruised home to victory—and Moore fired Rose on the spot after the race for disobeying team orders.

Mauri Rose made his fifteenth and final Indianapolis 500 start in the 1951 race. Knocked out from an accident after 126 laps, the forty-five-year-old Rose retired to a home in California. For the 1967 race, officials of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway invited him to drive the Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car.

While his career in racing was filled with success, Rose considered his most important accomplishment to be his invention of a device that made it possible for amputees to drive an automobile.

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Pts
1950 Howard Keck Deidt Offenhauser 4.5 L4 GBR MON 500
1951 Howard Keck Deidt Offenhauser 4.5 L4 SUI 500

World Championship career summary[edit]

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. Mauri Rose participated in 2 World Championship races. He finished on the podium once and scored 4 World Championship points.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mauri Rose". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. ^ Mauri Rose Indy 500 Race Stats
Preceded by
Wilbur Shaw
Indianapolis 500 Winner
Succeeded by
George Robson
Preceded by
George Robson
Indianapolis 500 Winner
Succeeded by
Bill Holland

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