1923 Indianapolis 500

The 11th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 30, 1923.

11th Indianapolis 500
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning bodyAAA
DateMay 30, 1923
WinnerTommy Milton
Winning EntrantH.C.S. Motor Company
Average speed90.954 mph (146.376 km/h)
Pole positionTommy Milton
Pole speed108.170 mph (174.083 km/h)
Most laps ledTommy Milton (128)
Pre-race
Pace carDuesenberg
Pace car driverFred Duesenberg
StarterEddie Rickenbacker[1]
Honorary refereeJohn Oliver La Gorce[1]
Estimated attendance150,000[2]
Chronology
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1923 start.

After winning previously in 1921, Tommy Milton became the first multiple winner of the Indianapolis 500. Howdy Wilcox (the 1919 winner) drove relief for Milton in laps 103-151. During the break, Milton had to have his hands bandaged due to blisters, and changed his shoes due to crimping of his toes.[3]

On lap 22, Tom Alley (driving Earl Cooper's entry) wrecked on the backstretch, going through the wall, and killed 16-year-old spectator Bert Shoup. Alley and two other spectators were injured.[4]

Time trialsEdit

Four-lap (10 mile) qualifying runs were utilized.

ResultsEdit

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Time/Retired
1 1 1   Tommy Milton  W 
(Relieved by Howdy Wilcox Laps 103-151)
108.170 1 200 128 5:29:50.17
2 2 7   Harry Hartz 103.700 3 200 6 5:33:05
3 9 5   Jimmy Murphy  W  104.050 2 200 11 5:40:36.64
4 14 6   Eddie Hearne 97.300 9 200 0 5:46:14.23
5 7 23   L. L. Corum 86.650 23 200 0 6:03:16.81
6 16 31   Frank Elliott 93.250 12 200 0 6:04:52.37
7 10 8   Cliff Durant 102.650 4 200 4 6:05:06.30
8 20 15   Max Sailer  R  90.550 18 200 0 6:11:49.60
9 22 19   Prince Decystria  R  88.900 21 200 0 6:26:24.78
10 24 34   Wade Morton  R  88.000 22 200 0 6:40:04.98
11 15 16   Christian Werner  R  95.200 11 200 0 6:41:50.51
12 6 18   Pierre De Vizcaya  R  90.300 19 166 0 Rod
13 21 28   Leon Duray 89.900 20 136 0 Rod
14 3 4   Dario Resta  W  98.020 8 88 0 Differential
15 11 2   Ralph DePalma  W  100.420 5 69 0 Head gasket
16 19 26   Harlan Fengler  R  90.750 17 69 0 Gas tank
17 8 25   Howdy Wilcox  W  81.000 24 60 51 Clutch
18 13 3   Joe Boyer 98.800 7 59 0 Differential
19 18 35   Bennett Hill 91.200 16 44 0 Crankshaft
20 5 27   Louis Zborowski  R  91.800 15 41 0 Rod
21 12 29   Earl Cooper 99.400 6 21 0 Crash BS
22 23 22   Raúl Riganti  R  95.300 10 19 0 Gas line
23 17 14   Christian Lautenschlager  R  93.200 13 14 0 Crash T1
24 4 21   Martín de Álzaga  R  92.900 14 6 0 Rod
[5][6]

Race detailsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Fox, Jack C. (1994). The Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500 1911-1994 (4th ed.). Carl Hungness Publishing. p. 22. ISBN 0-915088-05-3.
  2. ^ Patton, W. Blaine (May 31, 1923). "Sterling Pilot Takes Laurels Second Time In Speedway Classic". The Indianapolis Star. p. 1. Retrieved June 3, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  3. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 15, 2002
  4. ^ "Thousands witness auto speeders race". The Ottawa Evening Citizen. May 31, 1923.
  5. ^ "Indianapolis 500 1923". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Official Results of the Indianapolis 500". Indianapolis 500 Archives - Chuck's Toyland. Motor Age. 1923-06-07. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  7. ^ Blazier, John E.; Rollings, Tom (1994). Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics. Stephen Rettig. ASIN B0006QASDW.
  8. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004


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