1951 Indianapolis 500

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35th Indianapolis 500
Indy500winningcar1951.JPG
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning bodyAAA / World Championship
DateMay 30, 1951
WinnerLee Wallard
Winning EntrantMurrell Belanger
Average speed126.244 mph (203.170 km/h)
Pole positionDuke Nalon
Pole speed136.498 mph (219.672 km/h)
Most laps ledLee Wallard (159)
Pre-race
Pace carChrysler New Yorker
Pace car driverDavid A. Wallace
Chronology
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35th Indianapolis 500
Indy500winningcar1951.JPG
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning bodyAAA / World Championship
DateMay 30, 1951
WinnerLee Wallard
Winning EntrantMurrell Belanger
Average speed126.244 mph (203.170 km/h)
Pole positionDuke Nalon
Pole speed136.498 mph (219.672 km/h)
Most laps ledLee Wallard (159)
Pre-race
Pace carChrysler New Yorker
Pace car driverDavid A. Wallace
Chronology
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The 35th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 30, 1951. The event was part of the 1951 AAA National Championship Trail, and was included in the 1951 World Drivers Championship.

For the second year in a row, again no European Formula One-based teams enter the race.

Duke Nalon, who had suffered serious burns in a crash in 1949, and who missed the 1950 race, made a comeback at Indy by winning the pole position in a Novi.

Heavy attrition saw only eight cars running finish. Winner Lee Wallard's car lost its brakes, suffered a damaged exhaust pipe, and broke a shock absorber mounting.[1][2] In addition to the unbearably uncomfortable ride, Wallard had worn a fire retardant outfit, created by dipping his uniform in a mixture of borax crystals and water. Due to not wearing an undershirt, Wallard suffered serious chaffing, and required treatment at the infield hospital after the victory lane celebration.[2] It was estimated he lost 15 pounds during the race.[2]

Wallard's winning car had the smallest displacement in the field. About a week after winning the race, Wallard suffered severe burns in a crash at Reading, which effectively ended his professional racing career.

Three-time winner Mauri Rose, in his 15th Indy start, crashed and flipped on lap 126. It was his final 500, as he retired from driving after the crash.

Time trials[edit]

Time trials was scheduled for six days. Rain, however, pushed qualifying into a seventh day.

Classification[edit]

PosGridNoDriverConstructorQualRankLapsLedTime/RetiredPoints
1299United States Lee WallardKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser135.0352001593:57:38.059
2783United States Mike Nazaruk (R)Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser132.18262000+ 1:47.246
339United States Jack McGrath(Laps 1–100)
United States Manny Ayulo(Laps 101–200)
Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser134.3820011+ 2:51.392
2
43157United States Andy Linden (R)Sherman-Offenhauser132.22252000+ 4:40.123
52952United States Bobby Ball (R)Schroeder-Offenhauser134.0992000+ 4:52.232
6171United States Henry BanksMoore-Offenhauser133.89122000+ 5:40.02 
72468United States Carl Forberg (R)Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser132.89221930+ 7 Laps 
8427United States Duane CarterDeidt-Offenhauser133.74151800+ 20 Laps 
995United States Tony BettenhausenDeidt-Offenhauser131.95291780Spun Off 
10118United States Duke NalonKurtis Kraft-Novi136.4921510Retirement 
112269United States Gene Force (R)Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser133.1201420Engine 
121225United States Sam HanksKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser132.99211350Engine 
131610United States Bill SchindlerKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser134.03111290Engine 
14516United States Mauri Rose (W)Deidt-Offenhauser133.42181260Accident 
15142United States Walt FaulknerKuzma-Offenhauser136.8711230Engine 
162776United States Jimmy DaviesPawl-Offenhauser133.511711025Axle 
171159United States Fred AgabashianKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser135.0261090Clutch 
181573United States Carl Scarborough (R)Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser135.614930Fire 
193371United States Bill Mackey (R)Hall-Offenhauser131.4732970Clutch 
20198United States Chuck Stevenson (R)Marchese-Offenhauser133.7614930Fire 
2183United States Johnnie Parsons (W)Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser132.1527870Magneto 
22104United States Cecil GreenKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser131.8931805Engine 
23698United States Troy RuttmanKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser132.3124780Engine 
24326United States Duke DinsmoreSchroeder-Offenhauser131.9728730Overheating 
252832United States Chet MillerKurtis Kraft-Novi135.793560Ignition 
261344United States Walt BrownKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser131.930550Magneto 
272548United States Rodger Ward (R)Bromme-Offenhauser134.867340Oil Pipe 
281823United States Cliff Griffith (R)Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser133.8313300Axle 
292081United States Bill Vukovich (R)Trevis-Offenhauser133.7216290Oil leak 
302122United States George ConnorLesovsky-Offenhauser133.3519290Transmission 
312319United States Mack HellingsDeidt-Offenhauser123.9233180Engine 
322612United States Johnny McDowellMaserati-Offenhauser132.4723150Fuel leak 
333026United States Joe James (R)Watson-Offenhauser134.091080Transmission 

Alternates[edit]

Notes[edit]

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

PosDriverPoints
Nuvola single chevron right.svg1Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio9
1uparrow green.svg 202United States Lee Wallard9
1downarrow red.svg 13Italy Piero Taruffi6
1uparrow green.svg 184United States Mike Nazaruk6
1downarrow red.svg 25Italy Nino Farina4

Broadcasting[edit]

Radio[edit]

The race was carried live on the radio through a network arrangement set up by 1070 WIBC-AM of Indianapolis. Mutual, which had carried the race for several years, had raised its advertising rates for 1951, and lost its primary sponsor for the event, Perfect Circle Piston Rings. As a result, Mutual dropped the coverage altogether. Local station WIBC stepped in to cover the race, and provided its feed to various Mutual affiliates.[5] A total of 26 stations carried the broadcast.

WIBC personality Sid Collins served as booth announcer, and the remainder of the crew consisted mostly of WIBC talent. Jim Shelton reported from his familiar turn four location, and Collins interviewed the winner in victory lane. Like the Mutual broadcasts, WIBC featured live coverage of the start (30 minutes), the finish (30 minutes), and 15-minute live updates throughout the race.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Van Camp's Pork & Beans Presents: Great Moments From the Indy 500 – Fleetwood Sounds, 1975
  2. ^ a b c The Talk of Gasoline Alley1070-AM WIBC/Network Indiana, May 17, 2007
  3. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004
  4. ^ Lang, Mike (1981). Grand Prix! Vol 1. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 29. ISBN 0-85429-276-4. 
  5. ^ Davidson, Donald (2012-05-24). "IMS Radio Network celebrates 60th anniversary". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 

Works cited[edit]


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Preceded by
124.002 mph
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Record for the Indianapolis 500 fastest average speed
126.244
mph
Succeeded by
128.922 mph
(1952 Indianapolis 500)