Highlights from the the Indianapolis 500, Runnings 11-20

Crowds in 1932. Photo: IMS Archive
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The Associated Press has compiled a list of highlights of all past Indianapolis 500 races, as the buildup to the 100th running presented by PennGrade Motor Oil takes place this May 29.

Here are runnings 11-20, from 1923 through 1932:

Past pieces:

RACE: 11th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1923

WINNER: Tommy Milton, HCS Motor Company

AVERAGE SPEED: 90.545 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Tommy Milton wins for the second time in three years, getting help from 1919 winner Howdy Wilcox driving a long stretch in relief. Well-known driver Tom Alley crashed early in the race, his car going through the backstretch wall and killing a spectator. Alley and two other fans were injured in the wreck.

NOTABLE: The first repeat winner of the Indy 500, Milton accomplished the feat despite only having vision in his left eye. He would spend most of his life in motor sports, and worked with the manufacturer Packard on several projects. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1962.

RACE: 12th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1924

WINNER: Lora L. Corum and Joe Boyer, Duesenberg

AVERAGE SPEED: 98.234 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Despite a history of “relief drivers” in the Indy 500, the 1924 race is the first time co-winners were crowned. In a strange game of musical chairs, Corum began the race in the No. 15 and Boyer piloted it to victory. Meanwhile, Boyer had started the race in the No. 9 before swapping out with three other drivers, Corum among them. That entry crashed near the end of the race and was credited with 18th place.

NOTABLE: Riding mechanics had been standard fare at the Indy 500 – indeed, required for many years. They were intended as a safety measure, a lookout for traffic and a repairman on the fly. They remained optional for the 1924 running, but none of the 22 entries used them.

RACE: 13th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1925

WINNER: Peter DePaolo, Duesenberg

AVERAGE SPEED: 101.127 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: DePaolo, born in Philadelphia, dominated the early portion of the race, only to jump out of the car near the midway point when his hands became badly blistered. They were bandaged at the car center and DePaolo got back into the car, rallying from fifth place for the victory. It was the first Indy 500 with an average speed over 100 mph.

NOTABLE: DePaolo never won another Indy 500, but he never strayed far from auto racing. He was a car owner for the 1935 race, which occurred the year after a wreck in Spain left him in a coma, and owned a NASCAR team in the 1950s. He also sang “Back Home Again in Indiana” prior to the 1971 edition, the only driver to have performed the race-day anthem.

RACE: 14th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 31, 1926

WINNER: Frank Lockhart, Peter Kreis

AVERAGE SPEED: 95.904 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Rain has always been the scourge of the Indy 500, but for the first time it prevented the race from going 500 miles. The first band of showers halted the 1926 race on Lap 72, and when a second rainstorm rolled through the area, the race was called after 160 laps and rookie Frank Lockhart declared the victor.

NOTABLE: Lockhart’s career was cut short when he attempted to set the land speed record two years later at Daytona Beach, Florida. Driving a car backed by the Stutz Motor Co., Lockhart made one pass at more than 203 mph before puncturing his tire on the second pass. The car tumbled out of control and Lockhart was killed when he was thrown from the car.

RACE: 15th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1927

WINNER: George Souders, William S. White

AVERAGE SPEED: 97.545 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Souders became the first driver to complete the entire 500 miles, getting no help from a riding mechanic or relief driver. The rookie did so in dominant fashion, opening an eight-lap lead over runner-up Earl Devore by the time he crossed the finish line.

NOTABLE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s first era came to an end when Carl Fisher and James Allison, two of the four original founders, sold their stake to Eddie Rickenbacker. The former driver and World War I flying ace would continue to operate the speedway until 1945, when Rickenbacker sold it to businessman Tony Hulman.

RACE: 16th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1928

WINNER: Louis Meyer, Alden Sampson II

AVERAGE SPEED: 99.482 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: A rainy morning cleared in time for the race to start on time – a first. With 19 laps to go, race leader Tony Gulotta was running at a pace that could have challenged the speed record (101.127 mph). But when Gulotta’s No. 8 car developed a small leak in the fuel tank, Louis Meyer took the lead and held on for the first of his three wins. Late showers forced the yellow flag to come out, slowing the field to prevent any chance of a record-breaking day. Meyer won with an average speed of 99.482.

NOTABLE: The 43.89-second margin of victory made it the closest race to that point. While Meyer took home $28,250, Gulotta wound up with $1,600 after sliding to 10th in the closing laps. Twelve of the 29 cars to start the race used front-wheel drives but Meyer and Gulotta used rear-wheel drives and led each of the last 51 laps.

RACE: 17th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1929

WINNER: Ray Keech, M.A. Yagle

AVERAGE SPEED: 97.585 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Ray Keech and defending champion Louis Meyer dominated the second half of the race, leading the final 95 laps. Keech took the lead for good on Lap 158 and then pulled away from Meyer to win the race by 6 minutes, 23.79 seconds. The race was marred by an early crash that killed 24-year-old Bill Spence, who was thrown from the car after hitting a wall entering the backstretch. For Keech, it was his second and final 500 start. He was killed in a race crash 16 days later at Altoona Speedway in Pennsylvania.

NOTABLE: The race was held in front of a then-record crowd of more than 160,000. Meyer’s second-place finish was the highest of any defending champion so far. Before 1929, only three Indianapolis 500s had as many as 33 starters. Since then, 33 or more cars have started every race except 1947, when there were 30.

RACE: 18th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1930

WINNER: Billy Arnold, Harry Hartz

AVERAGE SPEED: 100.448 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Billy Arnold had one of the most dominating displays in Indy history. It wasn’t just that he became the third pole winner to win. He did it in record-breaking style. After Louis Meyer passed Arnold on the first lap, Arnold retook the lead on Lap 3 and never gave it back. The 198 laps led in a single race is still an Indy record. Arnold became the first driver to win the race in less than five hours without a relief driver and the second to average more than 100 mph on race day. Harry Hartz, who started six races and finished fourth twice, finally made it to Victory Lane as Arnold’s team owner.

NOTABLE: Arnold’s winning speed of 100.448 was almost 2 1/2 mph faster than runner-up Shorty Cantlon, the second-largest disparity between first and second for a 200-lap race at Indy. The winner was rewarded with $50,300, nearly $37,000 more than Cantlon – also the biggest earnings gap between first and second. Meyer followed his 1928 win and 1929 second-place finish by coming in fourth.

RACE: 19th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1931

WINNER: Louis Schneider, B.L. Schneider

AVERAGE SPEED: 96.629 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Defending champion Billy Arnold was every bit as dominant as he was in 1930. The race’s fastest qualifier charged from the No. 18 starting spot into the lead on Lap 7, a lead he held for 155 laps until a crash on Lap 163 ended his day and led to tragedy: A bouncing tire from the car hit and killed 11-year-old Billy Brink. Schneider inherited the lead and led the rest of the race to earn his only 500 victory.

NOTABLE: Arnold led an incredible 353 out of 400 laps during a two-year run but wound up 19th in 1931, the second-worst showing of his five Indy starts. Schneider’s 43.19-second margin of victory over Fred Frame made it the closest race in history, breaking Louis Meyer’s previous mark (43.89) from 1928. Meyer finished a career worst 34th in the 40-car field. The 15 cars that finished on the lead lap also set a record.

RACE: 20th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1932

WINNER: Fred Frame, Harry Hartz

AVERAGE SPEED: 104.144 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: The hard-luck 1931 runner-up made an incredible comeback in 1932. On a day 26 of 40 cars were eliminated in crashes or as a result of mechanical failure, Frame drove his car from the No. 27 starting spot into the lead on Lap 152 and held on for the second-closest victory in race history, 43.69 seconds over rookie Howdy Wilcox II. Only two other drivers have come from that far back to win in 500 history, and Frame did it with a record average speed, too.

NOTABLE: Frame’s winning time of 4 hours, 48 minutes, 3.79 seconds was almost 10 minutes faster than Billy Arnold’s previous record for the full 500 miles. Arnold, the 1930 winner, qualified second but was knocked out in a crash after completing 59 laps and finished 31st in his final 500 start. Riding mechanic Harry Cox and driver Milton Jones were both killed from injuries sustained in crashes during practice that May.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Houston

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Eli Tomac led all 23 laps of the Monster Energy Supercross race at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the results show he now has three wins in the season and is one shy of tying Ricky Carmichael’s 48 for third on the all-time list. With this win, he takes a seven point lead in the standings with 12 rounds remaining.

For Tomac at Houston, it was literally a tale of two races. Both his heat and the main started the same with Tomac grabbing the holeshot, but he was passed quickly by Chase Sexton in the heat. Tomac faded quickly after getting passed and was trailing by almost eight seconds at the checkered flag, which caused him to retreat to the hauler and reassess his lines. Without making any adjustments to the bike, Tomac entered the Main with a new attitude, and simply rode better.

Supercross Results Houston
Chase Sexton played it safe in the sand, but he was aggressive in every other turn. – Feld Motor Sports

Sexton had so great a lead in his heat that one could not even use the cliche that he left Tomac in his dust. By the time the rider with the No. 1 plate crossed the same real estate as the No. 23, the dust was well settled. Sexton had a modest start on the initial gate drop and ended Lap 1 in fourth. He worked his way past Aaron Plessinger on Lap 3 and got around Jason Anderson three laps later. Sexton was able to catch Tomac and pressure him, but he picked a safe, i.e. slow line through the sand section and could never get alongside his rival.

RESULTS: Click here for 450 Results; Click here for full 250 East Main Results

After starting the season with back-to-back seventh-place finishes, Anderson now has a pair of podiums. He won his heat and was easily one of the top three riders in the field, ultimately finishing behind the riders who finished 1-2 in the other preliminary. Anderson was subdued on the podium – happy he was there, but disappointed he has not yet found a way around the riders he is chasing in the points.

In the early stages of the race, Plessinger appeared to have a bike capable of winning. He pressured Tomac on the first two laps and was setting up the pass just as a red flag waved for an injury to Dylan Ferrandis that brought out a red flag. He lost second to Anderson on the restart and eventually slipped to fourth to score his first top-five of the season.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

Cooper Webb rounded out the top five. Along with Sexton, he is now one of just two riders with a sweep of that mark in 2023, but with Tomac’s three wins, he is beginning to slip in the points. Webb sits third in the standings, 12 points behind the leader.

Ken Roczen entered the race as the third rider with a sweep of the top five and progressively better results in the first three races of 2023. Had the pattern held, he would have finished at least second, but he struggled for most of the night, finishing fifth in his heat and eighth in the Main. There may have been extenuating circumstances, however. Ferrandis’ injury was suffered when he landed on the back of Roczen’s bike and potentially damaged the No. 94 Suzuki.

Click here for 450 Main results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points | Lap Chart


The 250 East division made their 2023 debut in Houston, but the name atop the board was familiar. Hunter Lawrence joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the early points’ leader in their respective divisions, but it didn’t come without a little anxiety.

Riding behind Supercross newbie Tom Vialle on the second lap, Lawrence was forced to take evasive action when the leader pitched his bike sideways to scrub speed over a jump. Lawrence veered left and landed off course, but he cleared the Tuff Blox and kept his bike straight. Lawrence made the pass for the lead on Lap 18 and never relinquished it.

Click here for 250 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

In his first attempt on a 250, Max Anstie ascended to the podium. – Feld Motor Sports

England’s Max Anstie made the move from 450s to 250s this year after scoring a best result of 11th on the big bike at Anaheim 2 last year. It didn’t take anytime at all to find the front for Anstie, who finished second in both his heat and main.

It has been a while since Jordon Smith stood on the podium: February 23, 2019 to be exact when he finished that well in Detroit. A series of injuries kept him off the bike for much of 2020 and 2021, but he’s proving to be a factor when he’s healthy.

Click here for 250 Main results | 250 East Rider Points | Combined Rider Points | Lap Chart

There was a lot of hype surrounding the debut of Haiden Deegan in the 250 class and he proved it was merited. He finished fourth in his heat and main. He was as far down as ninth at one point in the feature before slowly picking off riders on his way to the front.

Jeremy Martin finished fifth and now has a streak of three consecutive top-fives to his credit stretching back to last year. Unfortunately, his pair of strong runs in 2022 were interrupted by injury.

Making impressive debuts in the 250 division, Vialle recovered from a fall to finish seventh, Chance Hymas finished eighth, and Talon Hawkins just missed the top 10 with an 11th.

2023 Results

Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s