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1950 - 1962
INDY 500 PACE CARS
1962 Studebaker Lark Daytona
210hp 289c.i. V-8
Sam Hanks
1961 Ford Thunderbird
300hp 390c.i. V-8
Sam Hanks
1960 Oldsmobile 98
315hp 394c.i. V-8
Sam Hanks
1959 Buick Electra 225
325hp 401c.i. V-8
Sam Hanks
1958 Pontiac Bonneville
310hp 370c.i. V-8
Sam Hanks
1957 Mercury
290hp 368c.i. V-8
F.C. "Jack" Reith (GM)
A.J. Foyt saw his mom admiring the gold
1961 pace car and said he'd win it for her.
And he did!
1911-1935       1936-1962       1963-1990       1991-2020
1936 - 1949
1956 DeSoto Fireflite
L.I. Woolson (DeSoto)
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
180hp 265c.i. V-8
Thomas H. Keating (Chevy)
1954 Dodge Royal 500
170hp 241c.i. hemi V-8
William C. Newburg
1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner
110hp 239c.i. flathead V-8
William Clay Ford, Sr.
1952 Studebaker Commander
120hp 232c.i. V-8
P.O. Peterson (Studebaker)
1951 Chrysler New Yorker
180hp 331c.i. hemi V-8
Dave Wallace (Chrysler)
1950 Mercury
110hp 255c.i. V-8
Benson Ford
1949 Oldsmobile 88
This car was red.
135hp 303c.i. V-8
Wilbur Shaw
1948 Chevy Stylemaster
90hp 216c.i. inline 6
Wilbur Shaw
1947 Nash Ambassador
112hp 234c.i. inline 6
This car was yellow.
George W. Mason (AMC)
1946 Lincoln Continental
130hp 305c.i. V-12
Henry Ford II
1941 Chrysler-Newport
143hp 323c.i. straight 8
A.B. Couture
1940 Studebaker Champion
78hp 164c.i. L-head 6-cyl
Ab Jenkins (LSR Holder)
1939 Buick Roadmaster 80
141hp 320c.i. straight 8
Actual pace car was white
Charles Chayne (Buick)
1938 Hudson "112"
83hp 175c.i. inline flathead 6
Stuart Baits (Hudson)
1937 LaSalle
125hp 322c.i. V-8
Ralph DePalma
1936 Packard "120"
120hp 282c.i. straight 8
Tommy Milton
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There were no races between
1941-1945 due to WWII.
All Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars
The 1941 car was the only non-production
pace car.  Six were made.
The pace cars were started from
the pit lane in 1957 & 1958
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