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8 October 1919
6 November 1955 (36)
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2 (33.3%)
1 (1954 Indianapolis Motor Speedway) (16.7%)
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3rd
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9 (1.5 points per race avg)
1 (16.7%)
1950 Indianapolis 500
1955 Indianapolis 500

about Jack McGrath

John James "Jack" McGrath (October 8, 1919 – November 6, 1955) was an American racecar driver.

A major player in the "mighty midgets" at Los Angeles's Gilmore Speedway in the late 1940s, McGrath won the first CRA (California Roadster Association) championship in 1946 and was dubbed "King of the Hot Rods." His efforts, along with those of friend and teammate Manuel Ayulo, helped establish track roadsters as viable race cars. The west coast roadsters evolved into sprint cars in the early 1950s.

Major wins at the AAA national level included the 1951 Syracuse and Langhorne 100 mile races, the 1952 Syracuse 100, and the 1953 Milwaukee 200. He finished the 1952 and 1953 AAA championship seasons in second place, and led the first 44 laps of the 1954 Indianapolis 500.

McGrath's storied 26-lap duel with Bill Vukovich in the ill-fated 1955 Indianapolis 500 ended when the magneto on his Hinckle Special Kurtis 500C's Offenhauser (Meyer-Drake) engine failed on lap 54. Fellow Californian and two-time Indy winner Vukovich died three laps later in a chain-reaction crash while in the lead.

"The Splendid Splinter" himself was killed in the final AAA dirt track race of the 1955 season at the one-mile dirt oval at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona.

He was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in South Pasadena, California.


source: Wikipedia

seasons

1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955,

finishing positions

grid positions

wins

# event constructor

pole positions

# event constructor
1 1954 Indianapolis Motor Speedway round 2 Kurtis Kraft

teams & teammates

season teammate
1950 Tony Bettenhausen
Pat Flaherty
Johnnie Parsons
Sam Hanks
Fred Agabashian
Duke Dinsmore
Walt Faulkner
Jerry Hoyt
Johnny McDowell
Cecil Green
Walt Brown
Mack Hellings
Joie Chitwood
Jimmy Jackson
Kurtis Kraft compare 1950
1951 Troy Ruttman
Gene Force
Johnnie Parsons
Sam Hanks
Fred Agabashian
Cliff Griffith
Mike Nazaruk
Manny Ayulo
Duke Nalon
Carl Scarborough
Bill Schindler
Chet Miller
Lee Wallard
Carl Forberg
Cecil Green
Walt Brown
Kurtis Kraft compare 1951
1952 Rodger Ward
Jim Rathmann
Gene Hartley
Chuck Stevenson
Jimmy Bryan
Jimmy Reece
Johnnie Parsons
Sam Hanks
Andy Linden
Fred Agabashian
Bob Sweikert
Cliff Griffith
Art Cross
Bill Vukovich
Duke Nalon
Bob Scott
George Connor
Joe James
Johnny McDowell
Chet Miller
Kurtis Kraft compare 1952
1953 Rodger Ward
Jim Rathmann
Johnny Thomson
Eddie Johnson
Duane Carter
Chuck Stevenson
Paul Russo
Jimmy Daywalt
Johnnie Parsons
Sam Hanks
Andy Linden
Marshall Teague
Fred Agabashian
Duke Dinsmore
Jimmy Davies
Walt Faulkner
Cal Niday
Art Cross
Bill Vukovich
Jerry Hoyt
Travis Webb
Duke Nalon
Carl Scarborough
Bill Holland
Bob Scott
Jackie Holmes
Johnny Mantz
Kurtis Kraft compare 1953
1954 Jim Rathmann
Duane Carter
Bill Homeier
Gene Hartley
Troy Ruttman
Tony Bettenhausen
Paul Russo
Pat Flaherty
Johnnie Parsons
Pat O'Connor
Sam Hanks
Marshall Teague
Fred Agabashian
Bob Sweikert
Jimmy Davies
Art Cross
Bill Vukovich
Jerry Hoyt
Mike Nazaruk
Larry Crockett
Frank Armi
Ernie McCoy
Jimmy Jackson
Kurtis Kraft compare 1954
1955 Bill Homeier
Tony Bettenhausen
Johnny Boyd
Al Herman
Paul Russo
Jimmy Daywalt
Al Keller
Pat Flaherty
Ray Crawford
Chuck Weyant
Johnnie Parsons
Ed Elisian
Pat O'Connor
Sam Hanks
Andy Linden
Fred Agabashian
Bob Sweikert
Jimmy Davies
Walt Faulkner
Cal Niday
Art Cross
Bill Vukovich
Kurtis Kraft compare 1955
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