Later this month, NUVO will present 500 facts about the Indy 500. Between now and then, we'll be sharing five facts per day from our upcoming story.
We'll start our preview with some nuggets that relate to Rose and Davis since we were just sent photos of Davis from his grand-nephew, Russ Maloney.
From the "All-time records" chapter of our story:
71. Not counting the four-time winners, seven drivers have won it three times.
Louis Meyer, Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser, Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti all have three wins.
75. Five drivers have won back-to-back 500s.
Wilbur Shaw won it in 1939-40, Mauri Rose in ’47 and ’48, Bill Vukovich took checkered in 1953 and ’54 (and were it not for his tragic death at Indy in ’55, likely won more), Al Unser, Sr. took the 1970/’71 races and Helio Castroneves won in 2001 and 2002.
From the "After the Great War" chapter:
221. Two men won the 1924 500.
Nope, it wasn’t a tie — when L.L. Corum was spelled by Joe Boyer, Boyer went on to take the checkered. Since both men had run the winning “supercharged” Dusenberg, they were both awarded laurels. There would only be one more set of co-winners in 500 history, Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose in 1941.
222. And Corum was the only man who won without leading a lap.
Nora Spitznogle explains, “On lap 111 he was replaced by driver Joe Boyer who had to give up his own car to jump in Lora's. Joe Boyer was doing well in the race until his car broke on lap 111. Lora was running in fourth and team owner Fred Duesenberg wasn't happy. He called Lora in and replaced him with the Joe. Joe worked his way up and took the lead on lap 177 … Traditionally relief drivers did not get credit, but in this case they were awarded the joint win.”
From the "Hulman/George era with Wilbur Shaw" chapter:
275. Mauri Rose became a three-time winner in 1948.
Rose won back-to-back 500s in ’47 and ’48 after notching “co-winner” honors with Floyd Davis.