Formula 1 1950 Indianapolis 500

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1950-05-30
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Johnnie Parsons
Walt Faulkner

The 1950 Indianapolis 500 was won by Johnnie Parsons of Kurtis Kraft.
Despite being on pole position in United States of America, Walt Faulkner could not convert this into a win.
Faulkner was forced to retire in lap 135 due to: +3 Laps.

The race in United States of America was round 3 of 7 of the 1950 season.

 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 138 2:46:55.97 9
2 137 +1 Lap 6
3 137 +1 Lap 4
4 137 +1 Lap 3
5 136 +2 Laps 1
5 136 +2 Laps 1
6 136 +2 Laps 0
7 135 +3 Laps 0
8 135 +3 Laps 0
9 135 +3 Laps 0
10 135 +3 Laps 0
11 133 +5 Laps 0
12 133 +5 Laps 0
13 132 +6 Laps 0
14 131 Spun off 0
15 130 +8 Laps 0
16 128 +10 Laps 0
17 128 +10 Laps 0
18 128 +10 Laps 0
19 127 +11 Laps 0
20 126 +12 Laps 0
21 125 +13 Laps 0
22 123 +15 Laps 0
23 123 Spun off 0
24 122 +16 Laps 0
112 Oil line 0
111 Transmission 0
108 Oil pressure 0
108 Oil pressure 0
64 Oil leak 0
52 Supercharger 0
42 Oil pressure 0
25 Stalled 0
10 Oil leak 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Walt Faulkner Kurtis Kraft
2 Fred Agabashian Kurtis Kraft
3 Mauri Rose Deidt
4 George Connor Lesovsky
5 Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Kraft
6 Jack McGrath Kurtis Kraft
7 Duke Dinsmore Kurtis Kraft
9 Tony Bettenhausen Kurtis Kraft
9 Joie Chitwood Kurtis Kraft
10 Bill Holland Deidt
11 Pat Flaherty Kurtis Kraft
12 Cecil Green Kurtis Kraft
13 Duane Carter Stevens
14 Travis Webb Maserati
15 Jerry Hoyt Kurtis Kraft
16 Myron Fohr Marchese
17 Bayliss Levrett Adams
17 Bill Cantrell Adams
18 Dick Rathmann Watson
19 Paul Russo Nichels
20 Walt Brown Kurtis Kraft
21 Henry Banks Maserati
22 Bill Schindler Snowberger
23 Lee Wallard Moore
24 Troy Ruttman Lesovsky
25 Sam Hanks Kurtis Kraft
26 Mack Hellings Kurtis Kraft
27 Jimmy Davies Ewing
28 Jim Rathmann Wetteroth
29 Walt Ader Rae
30 Jackie Holmes Olson
31 Gene Hartley Langley
32 Jimmy Jackson Kurtis Kraft
33 Johnny McDowell Kurtis Kraft

1950 Indianapolis 500

The 34th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday, May 30, 1950. The event was part of the 1950 AAA National Championship Trail. It was also race 3 of 7 in the 1950 World Championship of Drivers and paid points towards the World Championship. The event, however, did not attract any European entries for 1950. Giuseppe Farina originally planned to enter, but his car never arrived. The Indianapolis 500 would be included on the World Championship calendar through 1960.

The race was originally scheduled for 200 laps (500 miles), but was stopped after 138 laps (345 miles) due to rain.

A rumor circulated in racing circles during and after this race that Johnnie Parsons's team discovered an irreparable crack in the engine block on race morning. The discovery supposedly precipitated Parsons to charge for the lap leader prizes. Presumably, he set his sights on leading as many laps as possible before the engine inevitably was to fail. Furthermore, the race ending early due to rain supposedly saved Parsons's day allowing him to secure the victory before the engine let go. However, the engine block crack was proved to be an urban myth, and it was said to be a very minor but acceptable level of porosity, which did not significantly affect the performance.

Parsons's win saw him score 9 points move to equal first in the first ever World Drivers' Championship alongside Giuseppe Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio, and also saw him become the first American to win a World Championship race. Despite the 500 being his only race in the 1950 World Championship, it would be enough to see him finish 6th in points.

During the month, Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck were at the track to film scenes for the film To Please a Lady. Stanwyck was on hand in victory lane after the race for the traditional celebratory kiss to the winner.


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