Formula 1 1951 Indianapolis 500

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1951-05-30
2
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Lee Wallard
Duke Nalon

The 1951 Indianapolis 500 was won by Lee Wallard of Kurtis Kraft.
Despite being on pole position in United States of America, Duke Nalon could not convert this into a win.
Nalon was forced to retire in lap 151 due to: Retired.

The race in United States of America was round 2 of 8 of the 1951 season.

 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 200 3:57:38.05 9
2 200 +1:47.24 6
4 200 +4:40.12 3
3 200 +2:51.39 2
3 200 +2:51.39 2
5 200 +4:52.23 2
6 200 +5:40.02 0
7 193 +7 Laps 0
8 180 +20 Laps 0
178 Spun off 0
151 Retired 0
142 Engine 0
135 Engine 0
129 Engine 0
126 Accident 0
123 Engine 0
110 Axle 0
109 Clutch 0
97 Clutch 0
93 Heat shield fire 0
93 Heat shield fire 0
87 Magneto 0
80 Engine 0
78 Engine 0
73 Overheating 0
56 Ignition 0
55 Magneto 0
34 Oil pipe 0
30 Axle 0
29 Transmission 0
29 Oil leak 0
18 Engine 0
15 Fuel leak 0
8 Transmission 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Duke Nalon Kurtis Kraft
2 Lee Wallard Kurtis Kraft
3 Jack McGrath Kurtis Kraft
3 Manny Ayulo Kurtis Kraft
4 Duane Carter Deidt
5 Mauri Rose Deidt
6 Troy Ruttman Kurtis Kraft
7 Mike Nazaruk Kurtis Kraft
8 Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Kraft
9 Tony Bettenhausen Deidt
10 Cecil Green Kurtis Kraft
11 Fred Agabashian Kurtis Kraft
12 Sam Hanks Kurtis Kraft
13 Walt Brown Kurtis Kraft
14 Walt Faulkner Kuzma
15 Carl Scarborough Kurtis Kraft
16 Bill Schindler Kurtis Kraft
17 Henry Banks Moore
18 Cliff Griffith Kurtis Kraft
19 Chuck Stevenson Marchese
20 Bill Vukovich Trevis
21 George Connor Lesovsky
22 Gene Force Kurtis Kraft
23 Mack Hellings Deidt
24 Carl Forberg Kurtis Kraft
25 Rodger Ward Bromme
26 Johnny McDowell Maserati
27 Jimmy Davies Pawl
28 Chet Miller Kurtis Kraft
29 Bobby Ball Schroeder
30 Joe James Watson
31 Andy Linden Sherman
32 Duke Dinsmore Schroeder
33 Bill Mackey Hall

1951 Indianapolis 500

The 35th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 30, 1951. The event was part of the 1951 AAA National Championship Trail, and was also race 2 of 8 in the 1951 World Championship of Drivers. For the second year in a row, no European Formula One-based teams entered the race.

Duke Nalon, who had suffered serious burns in a crash in 1949, and who missed the 1950 race, made a comeback at Indy by winning the pole position in a Novi.

Heavy attrition saw only eight cars running at the finish. Winner Lee Wallard's car lost its brakes, suffered a damaged exhaust pipe, and broke a shock absorber mounting. In addition to the unbearably uncomfortable ride, Wallard had worn a fire retardant outfit, created by dipping his uniform in a mixture of borax crystals and water. Due to not wearing an undershirt, Wallard suffered serious chafing, and required treatment at the infield hospital after the victory lane celebration. It was estimated he lost 15 pounds during the race.

Wallard's winning car had the smallest displacement in the field. About a week after winning the race, Wallard suffered severe burns in a crash at Reading, which effectively ended his professional racing career.

Three-time winner Mauri Rose, in his 15th Indy start, crashed and flipped on lap 126. It was his final 500, as he retired from driving after the crash.


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