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The 1950 Indianapolis 500 was the third race of the inaugural Formula One World Championship in 1950. The race was held on May 30, 1950 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Originally scheduled for 200 laps (500 mi), it was shortened to 138 laps (345 mi) due to rain. The race, which featured an all-American field, was won by Johnnie Parsons, his first and only Formula One World Championship race win.


QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for the 1950 Indianapolis 500 was held over four laps (10 miles) and over four days. Drivers achieved their grid positions based on the day on which the time was posted, then by order of fastest time. If a driver did not go out on the first day, their first run on their first day was considered. As a result, positions 1-11 were decided on the first run, 12-15 on the second, 16-21 on the third and 22-32 on the fourth. The final, 33rd position was decided by a "bumping" procedure: Once a 33rd driver has qualified, non-qualifiers could aim to "bump" the slowest driver in the field by beating their time. At the end of the final day, the driver in 33rd would qualify for the race, but would start at the back despite the possibility that they may have a better time than drivers ahead of them.


PosNo.DriverConstructorTimeGap%Avg Speed
198Walt FaulknerKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:27.97100% 134.34
228Fred AgabashianKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:31.10 +3.13101.2% 132.79
331Mauri RoseDeidt-Offenhauser4:32.07 +4.10101.5% 132.32
45George ConnorLesovsky-Offenhauser4:32.39 +4.42101.6% 132.16
51Johnnie ParsonsKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:32.43 +4.46101.7% 132.14
649Jack McGrathKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:33.00 +5.03101.9% 131.87
769Duke DinsmoreKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:34.67 +6.70102.5% 131.07
814Tony BettenhausenDeidt-Offenhauser4:34.92 +6.95102.6% 130.95
917Joie ChitwoodKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:35.32 +7.35102.7% 130.76
103Bill HollandDeidt-Offenhauser4:35.90 +7.93103% 130.48
1159Pat FlahertyKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:37.76 +9.79103.7% 129.61
1254Cecil GreenKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:30.86 +2.89101.1% 132.91
1318Duane CarterStevens-Offenhauser4:33.42 +5.45102%211.876
1421Spider WebbMaserati-Offenhauser4:37.46 +9.49103.5%208.791
1581Jerry HoytKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:37.95 +9.98103.7%208.423
162Myron FohrMarchese-Offenhauser4:33.32 +5.35102%211.954
1724Bayliss LevrettAdams-Offenhauser4:34.43 +6.46102.4%211.096
1845Dick RathmannWatson-Offenhauser4:34.96 +6.99102.6%210.69
197Paul RussoNichels-Offenhauser4:35.25 +7.28102.7%210.468
204Walt BrownKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:35.96 +7.99103%209.926
2112Henry BanksMaserati-Offenhauser4:37.68 +9.71103.6%208.626
2267Bill SchindlerSnowberger-Offenhauser4:31.31 +3.34101.2%213.524
238Lee WallardMoore-Offenhauser4:31.83 +3.86101.4%213.116
2455Troy RuttmanLesovsky-Offenhauser4:32.91 +4.94101.8%212.272
2523Sam HanksKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:33.57 +5.60102.1%211.76
2615Mack HellingsKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:35.32 +7.35102.7%210.414
2722Jimmy DaviesEwing-Offenhauser4:36.07 +8.10103%209.842
2876Jim RathmannWetteroth-Offenhauser4:37.01 +9.04103.4%209.13
2927Walt AderRae-Offenhauser4:37.05 +9.08103.4%209.1
3077Jackie HolmesOlson-Offenhauser4:37.57 +9.60103.6%208.708
3175Gene HartleyLangley-Offenhauser4:38.61 +10.64104%207.929
3261Jimmy JacksonKurtis Kraft-Cummins4:38.62 +10.65104%207.922
3362Johnny McDowellKurtis Kraft-Offenhauser4:37.58 +9.61103.6%208.701

GridEdit

Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
______________
1 ______________
Walt Faulkner 2 ______________
Fred Agabashian 3
Mauri Rose
______________
4 ______________
George Connor 5 ______________
Johnnie Parsons 6
Jack McGrath
______________
7 ______________
Duke Dinsmore 8 ______________
Tony Bettenhausen 9
Joie Chitwood
______________
10 ______________
Bill Holland 11 ______________
Pat Flaherty 12
Cecil Green
______________
13 ______________
Duane Carter 14 ______________
Spider Webb 15
Jerry Hoyt
______________
16 ______________
Myron Fohr 17 ______________
Bayliss Levrett 18
Dick Rathmann
______________
19 ______________
Paul Russo 20 ______________
Walt Brown 21
Henry Banks
______________
22 ______________
Bill Schindler 23 ______________
Lee Wallard 24
Troy Ruttman
______________
25 ______________
Sam Hanks 26 ______________
Mack Hellings 27
Jimmy Davies
______________
28 ______________
Jim Rathmann 29 ______________
Walt Ader 30
Jackie Holmes
______________
31 ______________
Gene Hartley 32 ______________
Jimmy Jackson 33
Johnny McDowell

Race ResultsEdit

  • Note: United States American unless stated.

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Avg Speed Grid Pts
1 1 Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 138 2:46:55.97 199.544 5 9
2 3 Bill Holland Deidt-Offenhauser 137 + 1 lap 197.349 10 6
3 31 Mauri Rose Deidt-Offenhauser 137 + 1 lap 195.965 3 4
4 54 Cecil Green Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 137 + 1 lap 195.946 12 3
5 17 Joie Chitwood Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 136 + 2 laps 195.928 9 1
Tony Bettenhausen 1
6 8 Lee Wallard Moore-Offenhauser 136 + 2 laps 194.728 23
7 98 Walt Faulkner Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 135 + 3 laps 193.864 1
8 5 George Connor Lesovsky-Offenhauser 135 + 3 laps 193.852 4
9 7 Paul Russo Nichels-Offenhauser 135 + 3 laps 193.041 19
10 59 Pat Flaherty Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 135 + 3 laps 193.027 11
11 2 Myron Fohr Marchese-Offenhauser 133 + 5 laps 16
12 18 Duane Carter Stevens-Offenhauser 133 + 5 laps 13
13 15 Mack Hellings Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 132 + 6 laps 26
14 49 Jack McGrath Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 131 Spin 6
15 55 Troy Ruttman Lesovsky-Offenhauser 130 + 8 laps 24
16 75 Gene Hartley Langley-Offenhauser 128 + 10 laps 31
17 22 Jimmy Davies Ewing-Offenhauser 128 + 10 laps 27
18 62 Johnny McDowell Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 128 + 10 laps 33
19 4 Walt Brown Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 127 + 11 laps 20
20 21 Spider Webb Maserati-Offenhauser 126 + 12 laps 14
21 81 Jerry Hoyt Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 125 + 13 laps 15
22 27 Walt Ader Rae-Offenhauser 123 + 15 laps 29
23 77 Jackie Holmes Olson-Offenhauser 123 Spin 30
24 76 Jim Rathmann Wetteroth-Offenhauser 122 + 16 laps 28
Ret 12 Henry Banks Maserati-Offenhauser 118 Oil leak 21
Fred Agabashian
Ret 67 Bill Schlinder Snowberger-Offenhauser 111 Transmission 22
Ret 24 Bayliss Levrett Adams-Offenhauser 108 Oil pressure 17
Bill Cantrell
Ret 28 Fred Agabashian Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 64 Oil leak 2
Ret 61 Jimmy Jackson Kurtis Kraft-Cummins 52 Compressor 32
Ret 23 Sam Hanks Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 42 Oil pressure 25
Ret 14 Tony Bettenhausen Deidt-Offenhauser 30 Wheel bearing 8
Ret 45 Dick Rathmann Watson-Offenhauser 25 Engine 18
Ret 69 Duke Dinsmore Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 10 Oil leak 7

Did not qualify: 9 Andy Linden, 9 Bud Rose, 10 Bill Vukovich, 10 Hal Cole (accident), 16 Ted Duncan, 19/47 Ralph Pratt, 19/99 Kenny Eaton, 25 Johnny Mauro, 26 George Fonder, 29 Belgium Charles Van Acker, 33 Joel Thorne, 34 Johnny Fedricks, 36 George Lynch, 38 Duke Nalon, 39 Danny Kladis, 41 Milt Fankhouser, 43 Chet Miller, 44 Bill Cantrell, 51/52 Mark Light, 52 Dick Frazier, 58 Billy Devore, 63/82 Joe James, 63 Bob Gregg, 63 Potsy Goacher, 64 Bob Sweikert, 65 Marvin Burke, 65 Norm Houser, 66 Cliff Griffith, 74 Carl Forberg, 78 Cy Marshall, 79 Chuck Leighton, 83 Al Miller, 84 Mike Burch, 84 Billy Earl (did not drive), 85 Manny Ayulo, 85 Jim Rigsby, 87 Bill Garrett, 98 Johnny Mantz (practiced only), 99 Emil Andres, Carl Scarborough (passed rookie test).

Entry declined: 76 Ben Zukor (failed physical).

Did not appear: 46 Italy Giuseppe Farina, 46 Italy Piero Taruffi, 48 Italy Franco Rol, Joe Adas.

Shared drive contributions:

Notes:

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos. Driver Pts
1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 9
Italy Giuseppe Farina 9
United States Johnnie Parsons 9
4 Italy Luigi Fagioli 6
Italy Alberto Ascari 6
United States Bill Holland 6
7 Monaco Louis Chiron 4
United Kingdom Reg Parnell 4
United States Mauri Rose 4
10 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous 3
France Raymond Sommer 3
United States Cecil Green 3
13 Thailand Prince Bira 2
France Louis Rosier 2
15 United States Tony Bettenhausen 1
United States Joie Chitwood 1

VideoEdit

Very little video footage exists from the 1950 Indianapolis 500, however the following is one example of this.

1950 Indianapolis 50020:16

1950 Indianapolis 500

NotesEdit

  1. scheduled for 200 laps
V T E United States Indianapolis 500
Circuit Indianapolis Motor Speedway
IMS oval
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