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1950 Indianapolis 500

34th Indianapolis 500
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body AAA / World Championship
Date May 30, 1950
Winner Johnnie Parsons
Winning Entrant Frank Kurtis
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Pole position Walt Faulkner
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Most laps led Johnnie Parsons (115)
Pre-race
Pace car Mercury
Pace car driver Benson Ford
Chronology
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1949 1951

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. The race was also included as the third round in the inaugural 1950 World Drivers Championship, 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.[1] 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,[2] and it was said to be a very minor but acceptable level of porosity, which did not significantly affect the performance.

Parsons' 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.

Time trials

Time trials was scheduled for six days.

  • Saturday May 13: Walt Faulkner won the pole position with a record run of 134.343 mph.
  • Sunday May 14
  • Saturday May 20: The third day of time trials saw six cars complete runs. Bayliss Levrett (131.181 mph) was the fastest of the afternoon. Charles Van Acker was ruled physically disqualified, after a crash he suffered at the Speedway from 1949.[3]
  • Sunday May 21
  • Saturday May 27: The day began with 11 spots open in the grid.[4]
  • Sunday May 28: Only one driver managed to bump his way into the field. Johnny McDowell bumped Cliff Griffith, while 15 other cars failed to make the field. The two Novi entries failed to qualify - Chet Miller had engine trouble in one of the cars, while the other snapped a supercharger shaft. Rain and two crashes cut the track time to less than three hours. Cy Marshall was among the few left in line when time trials closed at 6 p.m.[5]

Classification

Pos Grid No Driver Constructor Qual Rank Laps Led Time/Retired Points
1 5 1 23x15px Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 132.040 8 138 115 2:46:55.97 9
2 10 3 23x15px Bill Holland (W) Deidt-Offenhauser 130.480 21 137 8 + 1 Lap 6
3 3 31 23x15px Mauri Rose (W) Deidt-Offenhauser 132.310 6 137 15 + 1 Lap 4
4 12 54 23x15px Cecil Green (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 132.910 2 137 0 + 1 Lap 3
5 9 17 23x15px Joie Chitwood
(Relieved by Tony Bettenhausen)
Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 130.750 19 136 0 + 2 Laps 1
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6 23 8 23x15px Lee Wallard Moore-Offenhauser 132.430 5 136 0 + 2 Laps  
7 1 98 23x15px Walt Faulkner (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.340 1 135 0 + 3 Laps  
8 4 5 23x15px George Connor Lesovsky-Offenhauser 132.160 7 135 0 + 3 Laps  
9 19 7 23x15px Paul Russo Nichels-Offenhauser 130.790 18 135 0 + 3 Laps  
10 11 59 23x15px Pat Flaherty (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 129.600 30 135 0 + 3 Laps  
11 16 2 23x15px Myron Fohr Marchese-Offenhauser 131.710 11 133 0 + 5 Laps  
12 13 18 23x15px Duane Carter Stevens-Offenhauser 131.660 12 133 0 + 5 Laps  
13 26 15 23x15px Mack Hellings Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 130.680 20 132 0 + 6 Laps  
14 6 49 23x15px Jack McGrath Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 131.860 10 131 0 Spun Off  
15 24 55 23x15px Troy Ruttman Lesovsky-Offenhauser 131.910 9 130 0 + 8 Laps  
16 31 75 23x15px Gene Hartley (R) Langley-Offenhauser 129.210 32 128 0 + 10 Laps  
17 27 22 23x15px Jimmy Davies (R) Ewing-Offenhauser 130.400 23 128 0 + 10 Laps  
18 33 62 23x15px Johnny McDowell Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 129.690 27 128 0 + 10 Laps  
19 20 4 23x15px Walt Brown Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 130.450 22 127 0 + 11 Laps  
20 14 21 23x15px Spider Webb Maserati-Offenhauser 129.740 26 126 0 + 12 Laps  
21 15 81 23x15px Jerry Hoyt (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 129.520 31 125 0 + 13 Laps  
22 29 27 23x15px Walt Ader (R) Rae-Offenhauser 129.940 25 123 0 + 15 Laps  
23 30 77 23x15px Jackie Holmes Olson-Offenhauser 129.690 28 123 0 Spun Off  
24 28 76 23x15px Jim Rathmann Wetteroth-Offenhauser 129.950 24 122 0 + 16 Laps  
25 21 12 23x15px Henry Banks
(Relieved by Fred Agabashian)
Maserati-Offenhauser 129.640 29 112 0 Oil Line  
26 22 67 23x15px Bill Schindler (R) Snowberger-Offenhauser 132.690 4 111 0 Transmission  
27 17 24 23x15px Bayliss Levrett
(Relieved by Bill Cantrell)
Adams-Offenhauser 131.180 14 108 0 Oil Pressure  
28 2 28 23x15px Fred Agabashian Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 132.790 3 64 0 Oil Leak  
29 32 61 23x15px Jimmy Jackson Kurtis Kraft-Cummins 129.200 33 52 0 Compressor  
30 25 23 23x15px Sam Hanks Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 131.590 13 42 0 Oil Pressure  
31 8 14 23x15px Tony Bettenhausen Deidt-Offenhauser 130.940 16 30 0 Wheel Bearing  
32 18 45 23x15px Dick Rathmann (R) Watson-Offenhauser 130.920 17 25 0 Stalled  
33 7 69 23x15px Duke Dinsmore Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 131.060 15 10 0 Oil Leak  

Notes

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 98 23x15px Walt Faulkner Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:27.97
2 28 23x15px Fred Agabashian Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:31.10 + 3.13
3 31 23x15px Mauri Rose Deidt-Offenhauser 4:32.07 + 4.10
4 5 23x15px George Connor Lesovsky-Offenhauser 4:32.39 + 4.42
5 1 23x15px Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:32.43 + 4.46
6 49 23x15px Jack McGrath Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:33.00 + 5.03
7 69 23x15px Duke Dinsmore Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:34.67 + 6.70
8 14 23x15px Tony Bettenhausen Deidt-Offenhauser 4:34.92 + 6.95
9 17 23x15px Joie Chitwood Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:35.32 + 7.35
10 3 23x15px Bill Holland Deidt-Offenhauser 4:35.90 + 7.93
11 59 23x15px Pat Flaherty Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:37.76 + 9.79
12 54 23x15px Cecil Green Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:30.86 + 2.89
13 18 23x15px Duane Carter Stevens-Offenhauser 4:33.42 + 5.45
14 21 23x15px Spider Webb Maserati-Offenhauser 4:37.46 + 9.49
15 81 23x15px Jerry Hoyt Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:37.95 + 9.98
16 2 23x15px Myron Fohr Marchese-Offenhauser 4:33.32 + 5.35
17 24 23x15px Bayliss Levrett Adams-Offenhauser 4:34.43 + 6.46
18 45 23x15px Dick Rathmann Watson-Offenhauser 4:34.96 + 6.99
19 7 23x15px Paul Russo Nichels-Offenhauser 4:35.25 + 7.28
20 4 23x15px Walt Brown Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:35.96 + 7.99
21 12 23x15px Henry Banks Maserati-Offenhauser 4:37.68 + 9.71
22 67 23x15px Bill Schindler Snowberger-Offenhauser 4:31.31 + 3.34
23 8 23x15px Lee Wallard Moore-Offenhauser 4:31.83 + 3.86
24 55 23x15px Troy Ruttman Lesovsky-Offenhauser 4:32.91 + 4.94
25 23 23x15px Sam Hanks Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:33.57 + 5.60
26 15 23x15px Mack Hellings Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:35.32 + 7.35
27 22 23x15px Jimmy Davies Ewing-Offenhauser 4:36.07 + 8.10
28 76 23x15px Jim Rathmann Wetteroth-Offenhauser 4:37.01 + 9.04
29 27 23x15px Walt Ader Rae-Offenhauser 4:37.05 + 9.08
30 77 23x15px Jackie Holmes Olson-Offenhauser 4:37.57 + 9.60
31 75 23x15px Gene Hartley Langley-Offenhauser 4:38.61 + 10.64
32 61 23x15px Jimmy Jackson Kurtis Kraft-Cummins 4:38.62 + 10.65
33 62 23x15px Johnny McDowell Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:37.58 + 9.61

First alternate

No Driver Constructor
66 23x15px Cliff Griffith[6] Miller-Offenhauser

Non-qualifiers

No Driver Constructor
9 23x15px Andy Linden Bromme-Offenhauser
9 23x15px Bud Rose Bromme-Offenhauser
10 23x15px Bill Vukovich Maserati-Maserati
10 23x15px Hal Cole Kurtis-Kraft-Offenhauser
16 23x15px Ted Duncan Kurtis-Kraft-Offenhauser
19 23x15px Ralph Pratt Bardazon-Offenhauser
19 23x15px Kenny Eaton Bardazon-Offenhauser
25 23x15px Johnny Mauro Alfa Romeo-Alfa Romeo
26 23x15px George Fonder Deidt-Sparks
29 23x15px Charles Van Acker Stevens-Offenhauser
33 23x15px Joel Thorne Kurtis-Kraft-Sparks
34 23x15px Johnny Fedricks Kupiec-Offenhauser
36 23x15px George Lynch Snowberger-Offenhauser
38 23x15px Duke Nalon Kurtis-Kraft-Novi
39 23x15px Danny Kladis Maserati-Maserati
41 23x15px Milt Fankhouser Stevens-Offenhauser
43 23x15px Chet Miller Kurtis-Kraft-Novi
44 23x15px Bill Cantrell Kurtis-Kraft-Offenhauser
47 23x15px Ralph Pratt Gdula-Offenhauser
51 23x15px Mark Light Stevens-Offenhauser
52 23x15px Mark Light Meyer-Offenhauser
52 23x15px Dick Frazier Meyer-Offenhauser
58 23x15px Billy Devore Scopa-Offenhauser
63 23x15px Joe James Kurtis-Kraft-Offenhauser
63 23x15px Bob Gregg Kurtis-Kraft-Offenhauser
64 23x15px Bob Sweikert Wetteroth-Offenhauser
65 23x15px Marvin Burke (R) Kurtis-Kraft-Duray
65 23x15px Norm Houser Kurtis-Kraft-Duray
74 23x15px Carl Forberg Miller-Offenhauser
78 23x15px Cy Marshall Miller-Miller
79 23x15px Chuck Leighton Cantarano-Wayne
82 23x15px Joe James Weidel-Mercury
83 23x15px Al Miller Miller-Miller
84 23x15px Mike Burch Miller-Offenhauser
85 23x15px Manuel Ayulo Maserati-Offenhauser
85 23x15px Jim Rigsby Maserati-Offenhauser
87 23x15px Billy Garrett Rounds Rocket-Offenhauser
99 23x15px Kenny Eaton Kurtis-Kraft-Offenhauser
99 23x15px Emil Andres Kurtis-Kraft-Offenhauser

Drivers' Championship standings after the race

Pos Driver Points
10px 1 23x15px Nino Farina 9
10px 2 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 9
10px 31 3 23x15px Johnnie Parsons 9
10px 1 4 23x15px Luigi Fagioli 6
10px 1 5 23x15px Alberto Ascari 6
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.

Broadcasting

Radio

The race was carried live on the Mutual Broadcasting System, the precursor to the IMS Radio Network. The broadcast was sponsored by Perfect Circle Piston Rings and Bill Slater served as the anchor. Sid Collins moved into the booth for the first time to serve as analyst, and conducted the victory lane interview at the conclusion of the race. The broadcast feature live coverage of the start, the finish, and live updates throughout the race.

Prior to the race, it was reported that Slater might miss the race, due to illness. WIBC personality Sid Collins was named as a replacement, however, Slater was able to arrive in time for race day. Collins, who had previously served as a turn reporter, was invited to be the co-anchor in the booth.[7] For the first time, Collins interviewed the winner in victory lane at the conclusion of the race. Collins claims he burned his trousers on Parsons's hot exhaust pipe during the interview, which took place in the rain.

Because the race was shortened, Mutual had to interrupt Queen For A Day to cover the finish of the abbreviated event. This was cited by some as a reason why the Speedway would begin flag-to-flag coverage in 1953.

Mutual Broadcasting System
Booth Announcers Turn Reporters Pit reporters

Booth Announcer: Bill Slater
Analyst: Sid Collins

South turns: E. Z. Gwynn
North turns: Jim Shelton

Gordon Graham
Sid Collins (victory lane)

Television

The race was carried live for the second year in a row on local television on WFBM-TVchannel 6 of Indianapolis. Earl Townsend, Jr. was the announcer, along with Dick Pittenger and Paul Roberts. After the race, Speedway management disallowed WFBM from broadcasting the race live again, feeling that gate attendance had been negatively affected.

WFBM-TV
Play-by-play Pit reporters

Announcer: Earl Townsend, Jr
Color: Dick Pittenger

Paul Roberts

Notes

References

  1. ^ "Great Moments From the Indy 500" (VanCamp's Pork and Beans Presents/Freetwood Sounds), 1975
  2. ^ "The Talk of Gasoline Alley" – WFNI, May 20, 2012
  3. ^ Vet Van Acker Is Ruled Out (May 22, 1950)
  4. ^ Speedway Qualifications End Tomorrow; 11 Vacancies
  5. ^ One Change In Lineup For Big Race (May 29, 1950)
  6. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004
  7. ^ Davidson, Donald (2012-05-24). "IMS Radio Network celebrates 60th anniversary". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 

Works cited

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Preceded by
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(1949 Indianapolis 500)
Record for the Indianapolis 500 fastest average speed
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Succeeded by
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(1951 Indianapolis 500)