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The 44th International 500 Mile Sweepstakes was held on May 30, 1960 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race was a part of the 1960 World Drivers Championship, the final time that it would be included. The race saw a record (at the time) 29 lead changes between Rodger Ward and Jim Rathmann. Rathmann held on for the victory when Ward slowed with three laps to go, after he noticed a front tire failing.

BackgroundEdit


QualifyingEdit

ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1960 Indianapolis 500 are outlined below:
(W) = Previous winner of the race
(R) = Race rookie
All times are for four laps

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time (4 laps) Speed (mph)
1 6 Eddie Sachs Ewing-Offenhauser 4:05.58 146.590
2 4 Jim Rathmann Watson-Offenhauser 4:05.95 146.370
3 1 Rodger Ward (W) Watson-Offenhauser 4:07.32 145.560
4 97 Dick Rathmann Watson-Offenhauser 4:05.95 145.540
5 9 Len Sutton Watson-Offenhauser 4:07.52 145.440
6 28 Troy Ruttman (W) Watson-Offenhauser 4:07.65 145.360
7 22 Eddie Johnson Trevis-Offenhauser 4:08.27 145.000
8 7 Don Branson Phillips-Offenhauser 4:08.70 144.750
9 65 Chuck Stevenson Watson-Offenhauser 4:08.85 144.660
10 10 Jimmy Bryan (W) Salih-Offenhauser 4:09.08 144.530
11 73 Don Freeland Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:09.39 144.350
12 98 Lloyd Ruby (R) Watson-Offenhauser 4:09.64 144.200
13 8 Johnny Boyd Epperly-Offenhauser 4:10.40 143.770
14 38 Bob Christie Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:10.63 143.630
15 32 Wayne Weiler (R) Epperly-Offenhauser 4:10.85 143.510
16 5 A.J. Foyt Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:10.93 143.460
17 3 Johnny Thomson Lesovsky-Offenhauser 4:05.83 146.440
18 2 Tony Bettenhausen Watson-Offenhauser 4:07.91 145.210
19 26 Shorty Templeman Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:10.25 143.850
20 37 Gene Force Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:10.92 143.470
21 14 Bobby Grim Meskowski-Offenhauser 4:11.47 143.150
22 27 Red Amick Salih-Offenhauser 4:11.60 143.080
23 56 Jim Hurtubise (R) Christensen-Offenhauser 4:01.52 149.050
24 48 Gene Hartley Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:10.18 143.890
25 44 Bob Veith Meskowski-Offenhauser 4:11.11 143.360
26 99 Paul Goldsmith Epperly-Offenhauser 4:12.13 142.780
27 17 Duane Carter Kuzma-Offenhauser 4:12.87 142.630
28 18 Bud Tingelstad (R) Trevis-Offenhauser 4:12.89 142.350
29 46 Eddie Russo Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:13.16 142.200
30 76 Al Herman Ewing-Offenhauser 4:13.81 141.830
31 39 Bill Homeier Kuzma-Offenhauser 4:14.87 141.240
32 16 Jim McWithey Epperly-Offenhauser 4:16.45 140.370
33 23 Dempsey Wilson Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:11.37 143.210

GridEdit

Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
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1 ______________
Eddie Sachs 2 ______________
Jim Rathmann 3
Rodger Ward
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4 ______________
Dick Rathmann 5 ______________
Len Sutton 6
Troy Ruttman
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7 ______________
Eddie Johnson 8 ______________
Don Branson 9
Chuck Stevenson
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10 ______________
Jimmy Bryan 11 ______________
Don Freeland 12
Lloyd Ruby
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13 ______________
Johnny Boyd 14 ______________
Bob Christie 15
Wayne Weiler
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16 ______________
A. J. Foyt 17 ______________
Johnny Thomson 18
Tony Bettenhausen
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19 ______________
Shorty Templeman 20 ______________
Gene Force 21
Bobby Grim
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22 ______________
Red Amick 23 ______________
Jim Hurtubise 24
Gene Hartley
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25 ______________
Bob Veith 26 ______________
Paul Goldsmith 27
Duane Carter
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28 ______________
Bud Tingelstad 29 ______________
Eddie Russo 30
Al Herman
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31 ______________
Bill Homeier 32 ______________
Jim McWithey 33
Dempsey Wilson

Drivers Did Not QualifyEdit

The list of drivers who didn't qualify for the 1960 Indianapolis 500 are outlined below:

No. Driver Entreat Constructor
21 Chuck Arnold (R) Fred Gerhardt Gerhardt-Offenhauser
23 Jimmy Daywalt Bryant Heating Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
25 Jack Turner Kelso Auto Dynamics Lesovsky-Offenhauser
35 Al Keller McKay's Bulldog Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
39 Norm Hall (R) Ridgewood Builders Kuzma-Offenhauser
41 Ebb Rose (R) John Zink Moore-Offenhauser
43 Chuck Hulse (R) H.A. Chapman Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
69 Bob Sorenson Kuzma-Offenhauser
52 Jack Rounds (R) Hart Fullerton Lesovsky-Offenhauser
58 Lee Drollinger (R) Ray Brady Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
61 Bob Cleberg (R) Detrioter Mobil Homes Epperly-Offenhauser
71 Jim Packard (R) Sclavi & Amos Kuzma-Offenhauser
79 Ross Congdon (R) Hall-Mar Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
89 Chuck Rodee (R) Dunn Engineering Dunn-Offenhauser

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1960 Indianapolis 500 are outlined below:
(W) = Previous winner of the race
(R) = Race rookie

Pos. No. Grid Driver Constructor Laps Led Time/Retired Points
1 4 2 Jim Rathmann Watson-Offenhauser 200 100 3:36:11.360 8
2 1 3 Rodger Ward (W) Watson-Offenhauser 200 58 +12.749 6
3 99 26 Paul Goldsmith Epperly-Offenhauser 200 0 +3:07.300 4
4 7 8 Don Branson Phillips-Offenhauser 200 0 +3:07.979 3
5 3 17 Johnny Thomson Lesovsky-Offenhauser 200 10 +3:11.350 2
6 22 7 Eddie Johnson Trevis-Offenhauser 200 0 +4:10.609 1
7 98 12 Lloyd Ruby (R) Watson-Offenhauser 200 0 +4:28.590
8 44 25 Bob Veith Meskowski-Offenhauser 200 0 +5:17.479
9 18 28 Bud Tingelstad (R) Trevis-Offenhauser 200 0 +8:19.909
10 38 14 Bob Christie Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 200 0 +8:40.279
11 27 22 Red Amick Salih-Offenhauser 200 0 +11:10.580
12 17 27 Duane Carter Kuzma-Offenhauser 200 0 +11:17.199
13 39 31 Bill Homeier Kuzma-Offenhauser 200 0 +12:10.710
14 48 24 Gene Hartley Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 196 0 +4 laps
15 65 9 Chuck Stevenson Watson-Offenhauser 196 0 +4 laps
16 14 21 Bobby Grim Meskowski-Offenhauser 194 0 +6 laps
17 26 19 Shorty Templeman Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 191 0 +9 laps
18 56 23 Jim Hurtubise (R) Christensen-Offenhauser 185 0 Engine
19 10 10 Jimmy Bryan (W) Salih-Offenhauser 152 0 Fuel pump
20 28 6 Troy Ruttman (W) Watson-Offenhauser 134 11 Rear axle
21 6 1 Eddie Sachs Ewing-Offenhauser 132 21 Electrical
22 73 11 Don Freeland Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 129 0 Electrical
23 2 18 Tony Bettenhausen Watson-Offenhauser 125 0 Engine
24 32 15 Wayne Weiler (R) Epperly-Offenhauser 103 0 Accident
25 5 16 A.J. Foyt Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 90 0 Clutch
26 46 29 Eddie Russo Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 84 0 Accident
27 8 13 Johnny Boyd Epperly-Offenhauser 77 0 Engine
28 37 20 Gene Force Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 74 0 Brakes
29 16 32 Jim McWithey Epperly-Offenhauser 60 0 Brakes
30 9 5 Len Sutton Watson-Offenhauser 47 0 Engine
31 97 4 Dick Rathmann Watson-Offenhauser 42 0 Brakes
32 76 30 Al Herman Ewing-Offenhauser 34 0 Clutch
33 23 33 Dempsey Wilson Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 11 0 Electrical

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 New Zealand Bruce McLaren 14
2 United States Jim Rathmann 8 ▲8
3 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 8
4 United States Rodger Ward 6 ▲6
5 United Kingdom Cliff Allison 6
6 United States Paul Goldsmith 4 ▲4
7 United States Phil Hill 4
8 Argentina Carlos Menditeguy 3
9 United Kingdom Tony Brooks 3
10 United States Don Branson 3 ▲3
11 United States Johnny Thomson 2 ▲2
12 Sweden Jo Bonnier 3
13 West Germany Wolfgang von Trips 2
14 United States Eddie Johnson 1 ▲1
15 United Kingdom Innes Ireland 1
16 United States Richie Ginther 1
Intercontinental Cup for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 14
2 Italy Ferrari 10
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Climax 9
4 United Kingdom Cooper-Maserati 3
5 United Kingdom BRM 2

VideosEdit

Two video parts of the 1960 Indianapolis 500.

1960 Indianapolis 500 (Part 1)09:54

1960 Indianapolis 500 (Part 1)

1960 Indianapolis 500 (Part 2)09:55

1960 Indianapolis 500 (Part 2)

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