|Born||April 10, 1914|
|Died||February 13, 1976(aged 61)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Teams||Nichels, Kurtis Kraft|
|Entries||10 (8 starts)|
|First entry||1950 Indianapolis 500|
|Last entry||1959 Indianapolis 500|
Midget car careerEdit
He started racing midget cars in 1934. He went with a contingent of midget-car drivers to Hawaii in the winter of 1934–35. He was the 1938 AAA Eastern Midget Champion. Russo won the first race held at the Nutley Velodrome in New Jersey in 1938.
Championship car careerEdit
Russo drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1940–1941, 1946–1954, 1956–1959 and 1962 seasons with 85 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in each year but 1951 and 1952. He finished in the top ten 49 times, with 3 victories: at Springfield (1950), Detroit (1951) and Williams Grove (1952). Russo's best finish in the Indy 500 was fourth in 1957 when he was at the wheel of a Novi Special. In 1955, Russo co-drove with Tony Bettenhausen to a second-place finish.
Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit
* shared drive with Tony Bettenhausen
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. Paul Russo participated in 8 World Championship races. He set 1 fastest lead lap, finished on the podium once and accumulated a total of 8.5 World Championship points.
- Biography Archived 2012-02-06 at the Wayback Machine at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
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