Mauri Rose

Maurice "Mauri" Rose[1] (May 26, 1906 – January 1, 1981) was an American racecar driver.[2]

Mauri Rose
Born(1906-05-26)May 26, 1906
Columbus, Ohio, United States
DiedJanuary 1, 1981(1981-01-01) (aged 74)
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19501951
TeamsDeidt
Entries2
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points4
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1951 Indianapolis 500

He started from the pole position driving a Maserati in the 1941 Indianapolis 500,[3] but spark plug problems put him out of the race after sixty laps.[2] He then took over the Wetteroth/Offenhauser car being driven by Floyd Davis that had started in 17th place. Rose went on to win. In 1947 and 1948, Rose captured back-to-back Indy 500s driving one of the Deidt/Offenhauser Blue Crown Spark Plug Specials, owned and prepared by veteran driver/car owner Lou Moore.[3]

Late in the 1947 race, Rose found himself lying second to his rookie teammate, Bill Holland, when both were given a sign reading "EZY" from pit lane. Holland reduced speed, but Rose ignored the sign and continued on. Rose closed on Holland and to his amazement, Holland gave way without a battle[3] and even gave Rose a friendly wave as he went past on his way to victory. But Holland thought he had more than a lap lead on Rose, instead of just a few seconds. Holland was furious afterward.[citation needed]

In 1949, with Holland leading and Rose again running second late in the race, Rose set out to overtake his now-veteran teammate. Rose again ignored car owner Lou Moore's "EZ" signs from the pits and continued to push in pursuit of Holland. This time, Rose's car broke while Holland cruised home to victory—and Moore fired Rose on the spot after the race for disobeying team orders.[2]

Mauri Rose made his fifteenth and final Indianapolis 500 start in the 1951 race. Knocked out from an accident after 126 laps, the forty-five-year-old Rose retired to a home in California. For the 1967 race, officials of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway invited him to drive the Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car.[2]

While his career in racing was filled with success, Rose considered his most important accomplishment to be his invention of a device that made it possible for amputees to drive an automobile.[3]

Complete AAA Championship Car resultsEdit

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos Points
1946 INDY
23
LAN
12
ATL
ISF
2
MIL
6
GOS
DNP
14th 240
1947 INDY
1
MIL
DNP
LAN
ATL
BAI
MIL
GOS
MIL
PIK SPR
ARL
3rd 1,000
1948 ARL
INDY
1
MIL
LAN
MIL
SPR
MIL
DUQ
ATL
PIK SPR
DUQ
3rd 1,000
1949 ARL
INDY
13
MIL
TRE
SPR
MIL
DUQ
PIK SYR
DET
SPR
LAN
SAC
DMR
- 0
1950 INDY
3
MIL
LAN
SPR
MIL
PIK SYR
DET
SPR
SAC
PHX
BAY
DAR
15th 483
1951 INDY
14
MIL
LAN
DAR
SPR
MIL
DUQ
DUQ
PIK SYR
DET
DNC
SJS
PHX
BAY
- 0

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Pts
1950 Howard Keck Deidt Offenhauser 4.5 L4 GBR MON 500
3
SUI BEL FRA ITA 12th 4
1951 Howard Keck Deidt Offenhauser 4.5 L4 SUI 500
14
BEL FRA GBR GER ITA ESP NC 0

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. Mauri Rose participated in 2 World Championship races. He finished on the podium once and scored 4 World Championship points.

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mauri Rose". ChampCarStats.com. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Career Summary:Maurice 'Mauri' Rose". www.snaplap.net. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mauri Rose". database.motorsportmagazine.com. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  4. ^ Mauri Rose Indy 500 Race Stats
  5. ^ Mauri Rose at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
Preceded by
Wilbur Shaw
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1941
Succeeded by
George Robson
Preceded by
George Robson
Indianapolis 500 Winner
19471948
Succeeded by
Bill Holland

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