Howdy Wilcox

Howard Samuel Wilcox (June 24, 1889 – September 4, 1923) was an American racecar driver active in formative years of auto racing.

Howard Samuel Wilcox
Howard Samuel Wilcox 1919.jpg
Wilcox circa 1919
Born(1889-06-24)June 24, 1889
DiedSeptember 4, 1923(1923-09-04) (aged 34)
Cause of deathCar crash
Other namesHowdy Wilcox I
Wilcox at the wheel of his Stutz before the 1915 American Grand Prize in San Francisco


He was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana on June 24, 1889.

Wilcox won the 1919 Indianapolis 500, leading the last 98 laps of the race after starting in the 2nd position.

He died on September 4, 1923 at Altoona Speedway board track in Tyrone, Pennsylvania in a car crash. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.[1] Wilcox's wife had died the year before. Wilcox's son, Howard Jr., founded the Little 500 bicycle race, which has been held at Indiana University annually since 1951.[2]

Indy 500 resultsEdit


  1. ^ "Indianapolis Auto greats" (PDF). Celebrating Automotive Heritage at Crown Hill Cemetery. Crown Hill Cemetery. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  2. ^ Obituary of Howard Wilcox Jr., Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers.

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Preceded by Indianapolis 500 Winner
Succeeded by