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1954 Indianapolis 500


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AAA Champ Car Series race number 1 of 13
Monday, May 31, 1954 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:49:17
Average speed: 130.84 mph
Pole speed: 141.033 mph
Cautions: n/a
Margin of victory: 69.95 sec
Attendance: 175000
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1954 AAA Champ Car Series results   /   1954 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
11914   Bill Vukovich Fuel Injection   (Keck)KK500A / Offy200 running901000
2 39   Jimmy Bryan Dean Van LinesKuzma / Offy200 running46800
3 12   Jack McGrath HinkleKK500C / Offy200 running47700
41134   Troy Ruttman Automobile ShippersKK500A / Offy200 running0387
51473   Mike Nazaruk McNamara   (Elkins)KK500C / Offy200 running0500
62477   Freddie Agabashian Merz Engineering   (Merz)KK500C / Offy200 running0400
7 67   Don Freeland Bob EstesPhillips / Offy200 running0300
8325   Paul Russo Ansted Rotary   (Ansted)KK500A / Offy200 running0187.5
92528   Larry Crockett Federal EngineeringKK3000 / Offy200 running0200
101324   Cal Niday Jim RobbinsStevens / Offy200 running0150
112745   Art Cross BardahlKK4000 / Offy200 running859.5
12 598   Chuck Stevenson AgajanianKuzma / Offy199 running021.5
132288   Manny Ayulo SchmidtKK500C / Offy197 running0 
14 917   Bob Sweikert LutesKK4000 / Offy197 running0 
15 816   Duane Carter Automobile ShippersKK4000 / Offy196 running0 
162032   Ernie McCoy CrawfordKK500B / Offy194 running0 
17 725   Jimmy Reece MalloyPankratz / Offy194 running0 
183127   Ed Elisian ChapmanStevens / Offy193 running0 
193371   Frank Armi Martin BrothersSilnes / Offy193 running0 
20101   Sam Hanks BardahlKK4000 / Offy191 spun off1 
211235   Pat O'Connor HopkinsKK500C / Offy181 spun off0 
221612   Rodger Ward Dr. SabourinPawl / Offy172 stalled0 
231731   Gene Hartley John ZinkKK4000 / Offy168 clutch0 
24 443   Johnny Thomson Chapman   (Chapman)Nichels / Offy165 suspension0 
252374   Andy Linden Brown Motor Co.Schroeder / Offy165 torsion bar0 
263099   Jerry Hoyt Belanger Motors   (Belanger)Kurtis / Offy130 engine0 
27 219   Jimmy Daywalt SumarKK500C / Offy111 crash8 
282838   Jim Rathmann BardahlKK500C / Offy110 crash0 
292110   Tony Bettenhausen Mel WiggersKK500C / Offy105 wheel bearing0 
302965   Spider Webb Advance MufflerBromme / Offy104 fuel pump0 
312633   Len Duncan BradySchroeder / Offy101 brake cylinder0 
321515   Johnnie Parsons Belond Equa-Flow ExhaustKK500B / Offy79 engine0 
331851   Bill Homeier Jones & MaleyKK500C / Offy74 crash0 

Relief Drivers:

Car #34: Duane Carter (70 laps), 213 points)
Car #5: Jerry Hoyt (50 laps), 62.5 points)
Car #45: Johnnie Parsons (22 laps), 12.5 points); Sam Hanks (11 laps), 5.5 points); Andy Linden (17 laps), 8 points); Jimmy Davies (30 laps), 14.5 points)
Car #98: Walt Faulkner (117 laps), 28.5 points)
Car #16: Marshall Teague (29 laps); Tony Bettenhausen (34 laps); Jimmy Jackson (57 laps)
Car #27: Bob Scott (45 laps)
Car #71: George Fonder (14 laps)
Car #1: Jimmy Davies (36 laps); Jim Rathmann (43 laps)
Car #12: Eddie Johnson (67 laps)
Car #31: Marshall Teague (17 laps)
Car #43: Andy Linden (27 laps); Bill Homeier (25 laps)
Car #74: Bob Scott (52 laps)
Car #38: Pat Flaherty (15 laps)
Car #65: Danny Kladis (50 laps)
Car #33: George Fonder (58 laps)

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Marshall Teague3Hart FullertonKurtis / Offy
Art Cross6Springfield WeldingKurtis / Offy
Duke Nalon8NoviLewis WelchKurtis / Novi
Bob Scott21, 18Kurtis / Offy
Cliff Griffith22Tom SarafoffKurtis / Offy
George Tichenor22Tom SarafoffKurtis / Offy
Jerry Hoyt23SumarChapman RootKurtis / Offy
Henry Banks26Lindsey HopkinsLesovsky / Offy
George Fonder36Ed StoneKurtis / Offy
Al Herman36Ed StoneKurtis / Offy
Eddie Russo37Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy
Bill Holland38Bardahl Oil CompanyKurtis / Offy
Pat Flaherty39, 89
Frank Mundy41McDanielSchroeder / Offy
Walt Faulkner44, 97
Joe Sostilio45Bardahl Oil CompanyKurtis / Offy
Danny Oakes47, 49
Chuck Weyant52Parks MotorsSilnes / Offy
Jimmy Davies53Pat ClancyKurtis / Offy
Eddie Sachs54Marion EngineeringMilt MarionKurtis / Offy
Jim Rathmann59Elgin Piston PinElgin Piston PinKurtis / Offy
Duke Dinsmore62, 67
Wally Campbell66, 81
Bob Christie66Bob ChristieLesovsky / Offy
Potsy Goacher67D-A LubricantsMoore / Offy
Ed Elisian68Peter Wales TruckingPeter WalesKurtis / Offy
Johnnie Tolan69W. P. T.Kurtis / Offy
Eddie Johnson83McNamaraLee ElkinsTurner / Offy
Billy Devore93Youngstown White TruckKurtis / Offy
DCGeorge Connor27H.A. ChapmanStevens / Offy
DCLee Wallard99Belanger MotorsMurrell BelangerKurtis / Offy
WDLeroy Warriner67D-A LubricantsMoore / Offy

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Jack McGrath14444
  Jimmy Daywalt45506
  Art Cross51544
  Jimmy Daywalt55551
  Art Cross56594
  Jimmy Daywalt60601
  Bill Vukovich61611
  Sam Hanks62621
  Jimmy Bryan638826
  Jack McGrath89913
  Bill Vukovich9212938
  Jimmy Bryan13014920
  Bill Vukovich15020051