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1956 Indianapolis 500


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USAC 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 (500.0 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 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1956 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
231410   Ed Elisian Hoyt Machine   (Fred Sommer)Kurtis / Offy1602,624brakes0 
22 599   Tony Bettenhausen Belanger Motors   (Murrell Belanger)Kurtis / Offy1602,754crash0 
241648   Jimmy Daywalt Sumar   (Chapman Root)Kurtis / Offy1342,564crash0 
282712   Al Herman Bardahl   (Pat Clancy)Kurtis / Offy742,474crash0 
291749   Ray Crawford Ray CrawfordKurtis / Offy492,444crash0 
33 829   Paul Russo Novi VespaKurtis / Novi213,974crash11 
252454   Jack Turner Travelon Trailer   (Ernest Ruiz)Kurtis / Offy1312,564engine0 
18 37   Pat O'Connor Ansted Rotary   (Ansted-Thompson Racing)Kurtis / Offy1878,924magneto39 
20 224   Jim Rathmann Lindsey HopkinsKurtis / Offy1753,564oil3 
27 95   Andy Linden Harry Allen ChapmanKurtis / Offy902,504oil leak0 
301215   Johnny Boyd Bowes Seal Fast   (George Bignotti)Kurtis / Offy352,414oil leak0 
1 18   Pat Flaherty John ZinkWatson / Offy20093,819running1271000
2134   Sam Hanks Jones & MaleyKurtis / Offy20032,919running0800
32616   Don Freeland Bob EstesPhillips / Offy20020,419running4700
4 698   Johnnie Parsons J.C. AgajanianKuzma / Offy20015,769running16600
5 473   Dick Rathman McNamara Chiropractic   (Lee Elkins)Kurtis / Offy20010,744running0500
6101   Bob Sweikert D-A Lubricants   (Racing Associates)Kuzma / Offy2007,594running0400
72314   Bob Veith Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy2007,494running0300
81519   Rodger Ward Filter Queen   (Ed Walsh)Kurtis / Offy2006,294running0250
92126   Jimmy Reece Massaglia Hotels   (Hart Fullerton)Lesovsky / Offy2006,044running0200
103027   Cliff Griffith Jim RobbinsStevens / Offy1996,194running0150
112282   Gene Hartley Central Excavating   (Pete Salemi)Kurtis / Offy1963,714running0100
12 742   Fred Agabashian Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy1963,644running050
132557   Bob Christie Helse   (H.H. Johnson)Kurtis / Offy1963,374running0 
142855   Al Keller Sam TraylorKurtis / Offy1953,254running0 
153281   Eddie Johnson Central Excavating   (Pete Salemi)Kuzma / Offy1953,434running0 
162941   Billy Garrett Greenman-Casale   (Lysle Greenman)Kuzma / Offy1943,014running0 
173364   Duke Dinsmore Shannon's   (Shannon Brothers)Kurtis / Offy1913,094running0 
19192   Jimmy Bryan Dean Van Lines   (Al Dean)Kuzma / Offy1853,144running0 
213134   Johnnie Tolan Trio Brass Foundry   (Carl Anderson)Kurtis / Offy1733,084running0 
311153   Troy Ruttman John ZinkKurtis / Offy222,384spun out0 
321888   Johnny Thomson Peter SchmidtKuzma / Offy222,854spun out0 
262089   Keith Andrews Dunn Engineering   (Harry Dunn)Kurtis / Offy942,834transmission0 

Relief Drivers:
Car #10: Eddie Russo (37 laps)

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Eddie Sachs58Ray Brady
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
Len Sutton62Wolcott
Len Duncan51Ray Brady
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
Leroy Warriner93McKay Bulldog

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  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