Mike Nazaruk

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Mike Nazaruk
Born(1921-10-02)October 2, 1921
DiedMay 1, 1955(1955-05-01) (aged 33)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19511954
TeamsTurner, Kurtis Kraft
Entries4 (3 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points8
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1951 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1954 Indianapolis 500

Mike Nazaruk (October 2, 1921 Newark, New Jersey – May 1, 1955 Langhorne, Pennsylvania) was an American racecar driver. He raced midget cars, sprint cars, and IndyCars. He was nicknamed "Iron Mike."[1]

Nazaruk was of Ukrainian descent. Before racing, he worked as a florist's delivery driver and as an aircraft welder.[2]

Nazaruk served as a U.S. Marine in the Battle of Guam and the Guadalcanal campaign in World War II. He promised himself that if he lived through the war he would become a race driver.[1]

Midget car career[edit]

He raced after he returned home. He won the track championships at Staten Island, New York, and Rhinebeck, New York in 1947. He scored over twenty feature wins at Middletown, New York en route to winning the 1948 track championship.[1]

Nazaruk was the 1949 American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) midget car champion.[1] The series tours the East Coast of the United States.

Nazaruk joined the AAA in 1950. He won 14 national midget tour events, including the 1950 Night Before the 500, and the first midget car event at Terre Haute Action Track in 1953. He finished fifth in the 1954 National Midget car points.

Championship car career[edit]

Nazaruk finished second in his first Indianapolis 500 in 1951. He competed in two more Indianapolis 500, including a fifth-place finish in 1954.

Nazaruk was killed in a sprint car race at Langhorne Speedway on May 1, 1955.[1]

Career awards[edit]

Complete AAA Championship Car results[edit]

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos Points
1950 INDY
MIL
LAN
DNQ
SPR
MIL
PIK SYR
DET
SPR
SAC
PHX
BAY
DAR
- 0
1951 INDY
2
MIL
8
LAN
9
DAR
8
SPR
MIL
16
DUQ
DUQ
PIK SYR
18
DET
3
DNC
15
SJS
16
PHX
18
BAY
15
5th 1,143
1952 INDY
DNQ
MIL
1
RAL
19
SPR
18
MIL
16
DET
17
DUQ
DNQ
PIK SYR
2
DNC
12
SJS
2
PHX
18
13th 530
1953 INDY
21
MIL
11
SPR
DET
6
SPR
DNQ
MIL
16
DUQ
13
PIK
SYR
2
ISF
15
SAC
14
PHX
24th 205
1954 INDY
5
MIL
15
LAN
13
DAR
25
SPR
9
MIL
4
DUQ
10
PIK SYR
17
ISF
DNQ
SAC
PHX
LVG
9th 810

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

World Championship career summary[edit]

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the Formula One World Championship of Drivers from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Mike Nazaruk participated in three World Championship races. He finished second once (formally "on the podium") and accumulated a total of 8 World Championship points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Biography Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Brown, Allen. "Mike Nazaruk". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 28 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Records
Preceded by
Cecil Green
30 years, 242 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Youngest driver to score
points in Formula One

29 years, 239 days
(1951 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by
Manny Ayulo
29 years, 221 days
(1951 Indianapolis 500)