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AAA 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 (500.000 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 AAA Champ Car Series results   /   1956 standings

1 18   Pat Flaherty John Zink Special   (John Zink)Watson / Offy20093819running1271000
2134   Sam Hanks Jones & MaleyKurtis / Offy20032919running0800
32616   Don Freeland Bob EstesPhillips / Offy20020419running4700
4 698   Johnnie Parsons J.C. AgajanianKuzma / Offy20015769running16600
5 473   Dick Rathmann McNamara Chiropractic   (Lee Elkins)Kurtis / Offy20010744running0500
6101   Bob Sweikert D-A Lubricants   (Racing Associates)Kuzma / Offy2007594running0400
72314   Bob Veith Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy2007494running0300
81519   Rodger Ward Filter Queen   (Ed Walsh)Kurtis / Offy2006294running0250
92126   Jimmy Reece Massaglia Hotels   (Hart Fullerton)Lesovsky / Offy2006044running0200
103027   Cliff Griffith Jim RobbinsStevens / Offy1996194running0150
112282   Gene Hartley Central Excavating   (Pete Salemi)Kurtis / Offy1963714running0100
12 742   Freddie Agabashian Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy1963644running050
132557   Bob Christie Helse   (H.H. Johnson)Kurtis / Offy1963374running0 
142855   Al Keller Sam TraylorKurtis / Offy1953254running0 
153281   Eddie Johnson Central Excavating   (Pete Salemi)Kuzma / Offy1953434running0 
162941   Billy Garrett Greenman-Casale   (Lysle Greenman)Kuzma / Offy1943014running0 
173364   Duke Dinsmore Shannon's   (Shannon Brothers)Kurtis / Offy1913094running0 
18 37   Pat O'Connor Ansted Rotary   (Ansted-Thompson Racing)Kurtis / Offy1878924magneto39 
19192   Jimmy Bryan Dean Van Lines   (Al Dean)Kuzma / Offy1853144running0 
20 224   Jim Rathmann Lindsey HopkinsKurtis / Offy1753564oil3 
213134   Johnnie Tolan Trio Brass Foundry   (Carl Anderson)Kurtis / Offy1733084running0 
22 599   Tony Bettenhausen Belanger Motors   (Murrell Belanger)Kurtis / Offy1602754crash0 
231410   Ed Elisian Hoyt Machine   (Fred Sommer)Kurtis / Offy1602624brakes0 
241648   Jimmy Daywalt Sumar   (Chapman Root)Kurtis / Offy1342564crash0 
252454   Jack Turner Travelon Trailer   (Ernest Ruiz)Kurtis / Offy1312564engine0 
262089   Keith Andrews Dunn Engineering   (Harry Dunn)Kurtis / Offy942834transmission0 
27 95   Andy Linden Harry Allen ChapmanKurtis / Offy902504oil leak0 
282712   Al Herman Bardahl   (Pat Clancy)Kurtis / Offy742474crash0 
291749   Ray Crawford Ray CrawfordKurtis / Offy492444crash0 
301215   Johnny Boyd Bowes Seal Fast   (George Bignotti)Kurtis / Offy352414oil leak0 
311153   Troy Ruttman John ZinkKurtis / Offy222384spun out0 
321888   Johnny Thomson Peter SchmidtKuzma / Offy222854spun out0 
33 829   Paul Russo Novi Vespa   (Lewis Welch)Kurtis / Novi213974crash11 

Relief Drivers:

Car #10: Eddie Russo (37 laps)

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
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:
# Of
  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