Category Birthdays

July 27, 2013-Happy Birthday Speedway Daily

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April 8, 2013-Frank Lockhart Happy Birthday

Born on this day in 1903 in Dayton, OH. Winner of the 1926 500. What an amazing driver he was. From Wikipedia: Lockhart began his career in Frontenac-prepared Fords (Fronty Fords) at board track racing events, where he showed remarkable speed against the dominating Duesenbergs and Millers for two seasons.[2] His big break came when he was signed as a relief driver for Peter Kreis‘s eight-cylinder supercharged Miller […]

March 11, 2013-Troy Ruttman Happy Birthday

Born today in 1930 in Mooreland , OK he is the youngest person to win the Indianapolis 500 at 22 years 80 days. He had 12 starts between 1949 and 1964 with the victory in 1952 for JC Agajanian. His best start was 3rd and he led 4 different races for a total of 69 […]

March 9, 2013-Danny Sullivan Happy Birthday

Born today in 1950 in Louisville, KY. Danny had the famous “spin and win” in the 1985 500. He had 12 starts from 1982 to 1995 with 6 top 10 starts and 5 top ten finishes as well as  leading 3 races for a total of 162 laps. He also competed in the first Brickyard […]

February 15, 2013-Graham Hill Happy Birthday

Born today in 1929 he is the only driver to win the 24 hours of Le Mans, The Formula One World Championship and the Indianapolis 500 (1966). He only had 3 starts (1966-’67-’68) winning in his first year while leading ten laps. (This was also Chief Mechanic George Bignotti’s third of 7 Indy victories)  The next […]

February 13, 2013-Jim Crawford Happy Birthday

Born today in 1948 he had 8 starts from 1985 to 1993 with a best finish of 6th in 1988 when he led 8 laps. He missed the show in 1994 and 1995 then retired to St. Petersburg, FL where he worked as a fishing boat Captain.

February 12, 2013-Floyd Roberts Happy Birthday

Born on this date in 1900 he won the 1938 500 after starting on the pole and leading 92 laps. Floyd was fatally injured the following year while running his winning car from ’38. He had 5 starts from 1935 to 1939 with 2 top 10 finishes and 2 front row starts to his credit.

January 28, 2013-Jimmy Bryan Happy Birthday

The “Arizona Cowboy”, 1958 Indy winner, was born today in 1926 in Phoenix, AZ. In 9 starts from 1952 to 1960 he had 4 top 10’s and led 216 laps. His winning drive saw him lead 139 of the 200 laps. BTW: Jimmy almost won the “Fantasy 500” 🙂 Do yourself a favor and pick […]

January 16, 2013-AJ Foyt Happy Birthday

Indy’s first 4 time winner, 5 times including his win as a car owner in 1999.  In 35 starts from 1958 to 1992, AJ led 13 races for 555 laps. He had 4 poles and 17 top 10’s.

January 12, 2013-Ray Harroun Happy Birthday and yesterday’s answer

Yesterday’s “who is this” was Lou Palmer. Lou was on the IMS Radio Network for 30 years, the last 2 as the anchor. His first race was 1958 when Sid Collins put him out in turn 3 “because nothing happens out there”. That year a 15 car pile up on the 1st lap blocked the […]