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1956 Indianapolis 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 1 of 12
Wednesday, May 30, 1956 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:53:29
Average Speed: 128.49 mph
Pole Speed: 145.596 mph
Cautions: n/a
Margin of Victory: 20.45 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 11

Glossary    1956 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1956 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 18   Pat Flaherty John ZinkWatson / Offy20093,819running1271000
20 224   Jim Rathmann Lindsey HopkinsKurtis / Offy1753,564oil3 
18 37   Pat O'Connor Ansted Rotary   (Ansted-Thompson Racing)Kurtis / Offy1878,924magneto39 
5 473   Dick Rathman McNamara Chiropractic   (Lee Elkins)Kurtis / Offy20010,744running0500
22 599   Tony Bettenhausen Belanger Motors   (Murrell Belanger)Kurtis / Offy1602,754crash0 
4 698   Johnnie Parsons J.C. AgajanianKuzma / Offy20015,769running16600
12 742   Fred Agabashian Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy1963,644running050
33 829   Paul Russo Novi VespaKurtis / Novi213,974crash11 
27 95   Andy Linden Harry Allen ChapmanKurtis / Offy902,504oil leak0 
6101   Bob Sweikert D-A Lubricants   (Racing Associates)Kuzma / Offy2007,594running0400
311153   Troy Ruttman John ZinkKurtis / Offy222,384spun out0 
301215   Johnny Boyd Bowes Seal Fast   (George Bignotti)Kurtis / Offy352,414oil leak0 
2134   Sam Hanks Jones & MaleyKurtis / Offy20032,919running0800
231410   Ed Elisian Hoyt Machine   (Fred Sommer)Kurtis / Offy1602,624brakes0 
81519   Rodger Ward Filter Queen   (Ed Walsh)Kurtis / Offy2006,294running0250
241648   Jimmy Daywalt Sumar   (Chapman Root)Kurtis / Offy1342,564crash0 
291749   Ray Crawford Ray CrawfordKurtis / Offy492,444crash0 
321888   Johnny Thomson Peter SchmidtKuzma / Offy222,854spun out0 
19192   Jimmy Bryan Dean Van Lines   (Al Dean)Kuzma / Offy1853,144running0 
262089   Keith Andrews Dunn Engineering   (Harry Dunn)Kurtis / Offy942,834transmission0 
92126   Jimmy Reece Massaglia Hotels   (Hart Fullerton)Lesovsky / Offy2006,044running0200
112282   Gene Hartley Central Excavating   (Pete Salemi)Kurtis / Offy1963,714running0100
72314   Bob Veith Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy2007,494running0300
252454   Jack Turner Travelon Trailer   (Ernest Ruiz)Kurtis / Offy1312,564engine0 
132557   Bob Christie Helse   (H.H. Johnson)Kurtis / Offy1963,374running0 
32616   Don Freeland Bob EstesPhillips / Offy20020,419running4700
282712   Al Herman Bardahl   (Pat Clancy)Kurtis / Offy742,474crash0 
142855   Al Keller Sam TraylorKurtis / Offy1953,254running0 
162941   Billy Garrett Greenman-Casale   (Lysle Greenman)Kuzma / Offy1943,014running0 
103027   Cliff Griffith Jim RobbinsStevens / Offy1996,194running0150
213134   Johnnie Tolan Trio Brass Foundry   (Carl Anderson)Kurtis / Offy1733,084running0 
153281   Eddie Johnson Central Excavating   (Pete Salemi)Kuzma / Offy1953,434running0 
173364   Duke Dinsmore Shannon's   (Shannon Brothers)Kurtis / Offy1913,094running0 

Relief Drivers:
Car #10: Eddie Russo (37 laps)

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Marshall Teague3, 47Dean Van Lines, Sumar
Nino Farina9Bardahl / Ferrari
Dempsey Wilson22, 79Martin Brothers, Marquette Tool
Tony Bonadies25Donaldson
Jimmy Davies31Novi Air Conditioning
Eddie Russo33Belond Miracle Power
Johnny Kay35Pete Wales
Shorty Templeman46Glessner
Len Duncan51Ray Brady
Eddie Sachs58Ray Brady
Len Sutton62Wolcott
Mike Magill74Chesty Foods
Marvin Pifer75Commercial Motor Freight
Jim McWithey77Dayton Steel Foundry
Dick Rathman78Hopkins
Bill Cheesbourg84, 87H.B.T., McDonald
Gig Stephens85Slick Airway
Dick Reese87McDonald
Johnny Baldwin91Bardahl / Ferrari
Leroy Warriner93McKay Bulldog

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Jim Rathmann133
  Pat O'Connor4107
  Paul Russo112111
  Pat O'Connor224019
  Pat Flaherty41411
  Pat O'Connor42443
  Pat Flaherty45451
  Pat O'Connor465510
  Johnnie Parsons567116
  Don Freeland72754
  Pat Flaherty76200125