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The 42nd International 500-Mile Sweepstakes was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30, 1958. The event was race four of 11 in the 1958 Formula One Season, and was also the featured race of the USAC Championship Trail. The race is mostly remembered for a massive first-lap, 15-car pileup that resulted in the death of driver Pat O'Connor, a previous winner and favorite among much of the crowd.

The race was comfortably won by Jimmy Bryan, who led 139 of the 200 laps. Rookie George Amick came from 25th on the grid to finish second.

BackgroundEdit

Juan Manuel Fangio was entered, but withdrew as he was unable to sort the car and reach qualifying speeds.

PracticeEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

GridEdit

Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
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1 ______________
Dick Rathmann 2 ______________
Ed Elisian 3
Jimmy Reece
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4 ______________
Bob Veith 5 ______________
Pat O'Connor 6
Johnnie Parsons
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7 ______________
Jimmy Bryan 8 ______________
Johnny Boyd 9
Tony Bettenhausen
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10 ______________
Jack Turner 11 ______________
Rodger Ward 12
A.J. Foyt
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13 ______________
Don Freeland 14 ______________
Paul Russo 15
Billy Garrett
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16 ______________
Paul Goldsmith 17 ______________
Bob Christie 18
Eddie Sachs
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19 ______________
Jud Larson 20 ______________
Jim Rathmann 21
Al Keller
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22 ______________
Johnny Thomson 23 ______________
Shorty Templeman 24
Jerry Unser
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25 ______________
George Amick 26 ______________
Eddie Johnson 27
Len Sutton
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28 ______________
Art Bisch 29 ______________
Chuck Weyant 30
Johnny Tolan
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31 ______________
Mike Magill 32 ______________
Dempsey Wilson 33
Bill Cheesbourg

Non-QualifiersEdit

RaceEdit

ClassificationEdit

(W) = Previous winner of the race
(R) = Race rookie

Pos Grid No Driver Constructor Laps Led Time/Retired Points
1 7 1 United States Jimmy Bryan Epperly-Offenhauser 200 139 3:44:13.80 8
2 25 99 United States George Amick (R) Epperly-Offenhauser 200 18 +27.63 6
3 8 9 United States Johnny Boyd Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 200 18 +1:09.67 4
4 9 33 United States Tony Bettenhausen Epperly-Offenhauser 200 24 +1:34.81 4
5 20 2 United States Jim Rathmann Epperly-Offenhauser 200 0 +1:35.62 2
6 3 16 United States Jimmy Reece Watson-Offenhauser 200 0 +2:16.95  
7 13 26 United States Don Freeland Phillips-Offenhauser 200 0 +2:21.06  
8 19 44 United States Jud Larson (R) Watson-Offenhauser 200 0 +5:34.02  
9 26 61 United States Eddie Johnson Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 200 0 +6:15.76  
10 33 54 United States Bill Cheesbourg Kurtis Kraft-Novi 200 0 +8:03.59  
11 21 52 United States Al Keller Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 200 0 +9:14.20  
12 6 45 United States Johnnie Parsons (W) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 200 0 +9:40.85  
13 30 19 United States Johnnie Tolan Kuzma-Offenhauser 200 0 +9:52.24  
14 17 65 United States Bob Christie Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 189 0 Spun off  
15 32 59 United States Dempsey Wilson (R) Kuzma-Offenhauser 151 0 Fire  
16 12 29 United States A. J. Foyt (R) Kuzma-Offenhauser 148 0 Spun off  
17 31 77 United States Mike Magill Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 136 0 Flagged  
18 14 15 United States Paul Russo Kurtis Kraft-Novi 122 0 Throttle  
19 23 83 United States Shorty Templeman Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 116 0 Brakes  
20 11 8 United States Rodger Ward Lesovsky-Offenhauser 93 0 Electrical  
21 15 43 United States Billy Garrett Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 80 0 Electrical  
22 18 88 United States Eddie Sachs Kuzma-Offenhauser 68 1 Transmission  
23 22 7 United States Johnny Thomson Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 52 0 Steering  
24 29 89 United States Chuck Weyant Dunn-Offenhauser 38 0 accident  
25 10 25 United States Jack Turner Lesovsky-Offenhauser 21 0 Fuel pump  
26 4 14 United States Bob Veith Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 1 0 Accident  
27 1 97 United States Dick Rathmann Watson-Offenhauser 0 0 Accident  
28 2 5 United States Ed Elisian Watson-Offenhauser 0 0 Accident  
29 5 4 United States Pat O'Connor Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 0 0 Fatal accident  
30 16 31 United States Paul Goldsmith (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 0 0 Accident  
31 24 92 United States Jerry Unser (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 0 0 Accident  
32 27 68 United States Len Sutton (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 0 0 Accident  
33 28 57 United States Art Bisch (R) Kuzma-Offenhauser 0 0 Accident  

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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