Bill Holland (December 18, 1907 – May 19, 1984[1]) was an American race car driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1949 and finished second in 1947, 1948 and 1950. He also was runner up in the 1947 AAA National Championship.

Bill Holland
Born(1907-12-18)December 18, 1907
DiedMay 19, 1984(1984-05-19) (aged 76)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years1950, 19531954
TeamsDeidt, Kurtis Kraft
Entries3 (2 starts)
Career points6
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1954 Indianapolis 500

He nearly won the 1947 Indianapolis 500 as a rookie, but slowed and allowed teammate Mauri Rose to pass him seven laps from the end, mistakenly believing that Rose was a lap down. In 1949 Holland led late in the race when Rose (still teammate to Holland on Lou Moore's Blue Crown Spark Plug team) began to slowly close on Holland. Moore saw what was happening out on the track and hung out a pit board ordering both drivers to hold their respective positions to the finish. Rose picked up the pace, closing on Holland. But with 8 laps to go, Rose suffered a magneto failure and Holland cruised to the victory. When Rose returned to the pits, Moore fired Rose on the spot.

On November 14, 1951, Holland was suspended from AAA Indy Car racing for one year after competing in a three-lap Lion's Charity race at Opa-locka, Florida which was a NASCAR event. The American Automobile Association, at the time the sanctioning body for Indycar races, had a strict rule forbidding its drivers from participating in any races other than their own, and would blacklist violators.

Holland is believed to have got over 40 sprint car feature wins and 150 podiums.[2] He won the first ever automobile race at Selinsgrove Speedway[3] (Selinsgrove, PA) on July 20, 1946.

Holland died from complications of Alzheimer's disease, and was survived by his wife Myra.[4]

He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2005.

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

Year[5] Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1947 16 8 128.755 1 2 200 143 Running
1948 2 2 129.515 3 2 200 0 Running
1949 7 4 128.673 9 1 200 146 Running
1950 3 10 130.482 21 2 137 8 Running
1953 49 28 137.868 2 15 177 0 Cam gear
Totals 914 297
Starts 5
Poles 0
Front Row 1
Wins 1
Top 5 4
Top 10 4
Retired 1
  • Although Holland started the 1947 race from the middle of the third row, he posted the fastest qualifying time.

World Championship career summaryEdit

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Bill Holland participated in 2 World Championship races, finishing on the podium once and scoring 6 World Championship points.


  1. ^ " Where Are They Now?". Retrieved 2007-12-03.)
  2. ^ Bill Holland at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame
  3. ^ ""The Story" - The History Of Selinsgrove Speedway".
  4. ^ Ex-Indy Winner Bill Holland dies
  5. ^ Bill Holland Indy 500 Race Stats Archived May 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
Preceded by
Mauri Rose
Indianapolis 500 Winner
Succeeded by
Johnnie Parsons