Leland "Lee" Wallard (September 7, 1910 - November 29, 1963) was a United States racing driver who won the 1951 Indianapolis 500. In a race that saw only eight cars finish, Wallard led 159 of the 200 laps, despite driving a car that was turned down by Tony Bettenhausen in practice. During the race, the car suffered from overheating brakes and a broken exhaust pipe and shock absorber. Wallard was also the first driver to ever finish the race in less than four hours.
Four days later, Wallace suffered severe burns after an accident in a sprint car race in Reading, Pennsylvania. He spent six months in the hospital, and required 37 skin grafts. He eventually found that he could no longer drive a race car as well as before, and after several attempts to recapture the old glory, retired to open a diner.
Wallard died of a heart attack at age 53.
Formula One CareerEdit
Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit
Formula One RecordEdit
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.|
|1950||Blue Crown Spark Plug||Moore-Offenhauser||0||NC|
|1951||Belanger Motors||Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser||9||7th|
|1952||did not compete|
|1954||Belanger Motors||Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser||0||NC|
|Front Row Starts||1|
|Distance Raced||1351.728 km|
|Distance Led||639.657 km|
|Win Number||Grand Prix|
|1||1951 Indianapolis 500|
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| 1952 |
|did not compete|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
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