Shorty Templeman

Clark Thomas "Shorty" Templeman[1] (August 12, 1919 in Pueblo, Colorado – August 24, 1962 in Marion, Ohio) was an American racecar driver.

Shorty Templeman
Born(1919-08-12)August 12, 1919
DiedAugust 24, 1962(1962-08-24) (aged 43)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19551956, 19581960
TeamsKurtis Kraft, Hillegass, Trevis
Entries5 (3 starts)
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1955 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1960 Indianapolis 500

Championship carEdit

He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1954-1962 seasons with 42 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1955, 1958, and 1960–1962. He finished in the top ten 16 times, with his best finish in 2nd position, in 1961 at both DuQuoin and Syracuse. His best Indy finish was 4th in 1961.

Midget carEdit

He won five Washington state and three Oregon midget state championships.[2] Templeman won all three Night Before the 500 midget car features at the 16th Street Speedway in Indianapolis in 1956.[2] Templeman won the first three USAC National Midget Series champions when he won titles in 1956, 1957, and 1958.[2]

Templeman died as a result of injuries sustained in a midget car crash at the Marion County, Ohio Fairgrounds track.[2]

Career awardsEdit

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

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. Shorty Templeman participated in 3 World Championship races but scored no World Championship points.


  1. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley. May 2, 2014. WFNI.
  2. ^ a b c d e Biography Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame