Mike Nazaruk

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Mike Nazaruk
Born (1921-10-02)October 2, 1921
Died May 1, 1955(1955-05-01) (aged 33)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 19511954
Teams Turner, Kurtis Kraft
Entries 4 (3 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 8
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1951 Indianapolis 500
Last entry 1954 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 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]

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

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. Mike Nazaruk participated in three World Championship races. He finished on the podium once and accumulated a total of 8 World Championship points.

References[edit]

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)