1949 Indianapolis 500

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33rd Indianapolis 500
Indy500winningcar1949.JPG
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning bodyAAA
DateMay 30, 1949
WinnerBill Holland
Winning EntrantLou Moore
Average speed121.327 mph (195.257 km/h)
Pole positionDuke Nalon
Pole speed132.939 mph (213.945 km/h)
Most laps ledBill Holland (146)
Pre-race
Pace carOldsmobile 88
Pace car driverWilbur Shaw
Chronology
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19481950
 
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33rd Indianapolis 500
Indy500winningcar1949.JPG
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning bodyAAA
DateMay 30, 1949
WinnerBill Holland
Winning EntrantLou Moore
Average speed121.327 mph (195.257 km/h)
Pole positionDuke Nalon
Pole speed132.939 mph (213.945 km/h)
Most laps ledBill Holland (146)
Pre-race
Pace carOldsmobile 88
Pace car driverWilbur Shaw
Chronology
PreviousNext
19481950

The 1949 International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was the 33rd running of the Indianapolis 500. It was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday, May 30, 1949.

After two years of failures to his teammate, Bill Holland finally wins one for himself, giving Lou Moore his third consecutive victory. Mauri Rose is fired by the team after the race when he again ignores orders and tries to pass Holland, only to see his car fail with 8 laps to go.

Results[edit]

FinishStartNoNameQualRankLapsLedStatus
147United States Bill Holland128.6739200146Running
21212United States Johnnie Parsons132.90022000Running
3622United States George Connor128.228132000Running
4132United States Myron Fohr129.77632000Running
51677United States Joie Chitwood126.863272000Running
6761United States Jimmy Jackson128.023152000Running
7998United States Johnny Mantz127.786182000Running
81919United States Paul Russo129.48752000Running
9329United States Emil Andres
(Relieved by Walt Brown)
126.042311970Flagged
102471United States Norm Houser127.756201810Flagged
112168United States Jim Rathmann126.516291750Flagged
121864United States Troy Ruttman125.945321510Flagged
13103United States Mauri Rose127.759191920Magneto strap
14517United States Duane Carter128.233121820Spun T3
151529United States Duke Dinsmore127.750211740Radius rod
16148United States Mack Hellings128.260111720Valve
17224United States Bill Sheffler128.521101600Rod
182832United States Johnny McDowell126.139301420Magneto
191114United States Hal Cole127.168241170Rod bearing
202538United States George Fonder
(Relieved by Mel Hansen)
127.289221160Valve
213074United States Bill Cantrell127.19123950Drive shaft
221757United States Jackie Holmes128.08714650Drive shaft
23206United States Lee Wallard128.91275519Gears
242969United States Bayliss Levrett129.2366520Drain plug
2525United States Rex Mays129.55244812Engine
26333United States Jack McGrath128.8848390Oil pump
273115United States Fred Agabashian127.00725380Overheating
283352United States Manny Ayulo125.79933240Rod
29154United States Duke Nalon132.93912323Crash T3
302318United States Sam Hanks127.80917200Oil leak
312710Belgium Charles Van Acker126.52428100Crash T4
32826United States George Lynch127.8231610Crash T1
332637United States Spider Webb127.0022600Transmission
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Alternates[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

Radio[edit]

The race was carried live on the Mutual Broadcasting System, the precursor to the IMS Radio Network. The broadcast was sponsored by Perfect Circle Piston Rings and Bill Slater served as the anchor. The broadcast feature live coverage of the start, the finish, and live updates throughout the race.

Mutual Broadcasting System
Booth AnnouncersTurn ReportersRoving reporters

Booth Announcer: Bill Slater
Analyst: Gordon Graham

South turns: Sid Collins
Backstretch: Gene Kelly
North turns: Jim Shelton

Barry Lake

Television[edit]

The race was carried live for the first time in history on local television on WFBM-TV channel 6 of Indianapolis. The station signed on for the first time race morning May 30, 1949, with a documentary entitled The Crucible of Speed covering the history of the Indianapolis 500. The race broadcast utilized three cameras located along the mainstrech. Earl Townsend, Jr. who had worked previously as a radio reporter, was the first television announcer. Dick Pittenger and Paul Roberts joined Townsend along with engineer Robert Robbins. The telecast reached approximately 3,000 local households.

WFBM-TV Television
Play-by-playPit reporters

Announcer: Earl Townsend, Jr.
Color: Dick Pittenger
Color: Paul Roberts

Robert Robbins

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indianapolis 500 1949". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  2. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004


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