Formula 1 1957 Indianapolis 500

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1957-05-30
3
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sam Hanks
Pat O'Connor

The 1957 Indianapolis 500 was won by Sam Hanks of Epperly.
Despite being on pole position in United States of America, Pat O'Connor could not convert this into a win.

The race in United States of America was round 3 of 8 of the 1957 season.

 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 200 3:41:14.25 8
2 200 +21.46 7
3 200 +2:13.97 4
4 200 +2:56.86 3
5 200 +3:14.27 2
6 200 +4:35.27 0
7 200 +4:45.58 0
8 200 +5:33.15 0
9 200 +6:17.11 0
10 200 +7:10.12 0
11 200 +7:56.07 0
12 199 +1 Lap 0
13 197 +3 Laps 0
14 196 +4 Laps 0
15 195 +5 Laps 0
16 195 +5 Laps 0
17 192 +8 Laps 0
182 Throttle 0
170 Spun off 0
138 Clutch 0
111 Accident 0
107 Fuel leak 0
105 Fuel leak 0
101 Accident 0
93 Wheel bearing 0
81 Fuel leak 0
75 Accident 0
53 Accident 0
51 Retired 0
27 Turbo 0
13 Engine 0
0 Accident 0
0 Accident 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Pat O'Connor Kurtis Kraft
2 Eddie Sachs Kuzma
3 Troy Ruttman Watson
4 Fred Agabashian Kurtis Kraft
5 Johnny Boyd Kurtis Kraft
6 Jimmy Reece Kurtis Kraft
7 Ed Elisian Kurtis Kraft
8 Al Keller Kurtis Kraft
9 Elmer George Kurtis Kraft
10 Paul Russo Kurtis Kraft
11 Johnny Thomson Kuzma
12 Andy Linden Kurtis Kraft
13 Sam Hanks Epperly
14 Gene Hartley Lesovsky
15 Jimmy Bryan Kuzma
16 Bob Veith Phillips
17 Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Kraft
18 Mike Magill Kurtis Kraft
19 Jack Turner Kurtis Kraft
20 Eddie Johnson Kurtis Kraft
21 Don Freeland Kurtis Kraft
22 Tony Bettenhausen Kurtis Kraft
23 Bill Cheesbourg Kurtis Kraft
24 Rodger Ward Lesovsky
25 Chuck Weyant Kuzma
26 Eddie Russo Kurtis Kraft
27 Don Edmunds Kurtis Kraft
28 Marshall Teague Kurtis Kraft
29 Jimmy Daywalt Kurtis Kraft
30 Al Herman Dunn
31 Johnnie Tolan Kurtis Kraft
32 Jim Rathmann Epperly
33 Bob Christie Kurtis Kraft

1957 Indianapolis 500

The 41st International 500-Mile Sweepstakes was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 30, 1957. The event was part of the 1957 USAC National Championship Trail and it was race 3 of 8 in the 1957 World Championship of Drivers.

Sam Hanks won the Indianapolis 500 in his thirteenth attempt (the most such by any 500 winner). He retired from competition at Indy in victory lane. Contrary to popular belief, Hanks did not completely retire from racing until the end of the year. He skipped the Race of Two Worlds when his entrant withdrew, but competed in USAC Stock Car events later in the year, winning the event at Trenton, and finished third in points championships for 1957.

Hanks received a record $103,844 purse, the first driver to win a $100,000 single-race payday. The total race purse was also a record, over $300,000 for the first time.

Hanks won the race in George Salih's "Lay-down Offy". The Offenhauser engine was mounted on its side and shifted off-center. This was done in order to lower the center of gravity, reduce frontal area, and counterbalance the body roll in the turns. The car that Hanks drove for the win in 1957 would win back-to-back Indy 500s, with Jimmy Bryan piloting the very same chassis to victory again in 1958.


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