I'm counting down the days until the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
I'm not a race fan in the fanatic sense. I've only been to the Indy 500 a handful of times. My memories center around listening to the race on the radio in the backyard while filling out the leading laps grid from the Indianapolis Star.
I do love Indianapolis, tradition, and most of all a theme! Each day I will share a memory or tidbit of history.
People have been asking me how I choose what to write about each day. There is really no rhyme or reason to what I post - something you've probably already figured out. I've got some back-of-the-envelope (seriously, an envelope) notes scribbled down and ideas that I'm researching.
Mostly I just pace around my kitchen - five steps from end to end (the long way) and read about races and such on my laptop propped on three upside down pint glasses perched on my 1940s stove.
When looking at the name of Indianapolis 500 winners this evening, the name Lora Corum jumped out out me. Not surprisingly he went by the name L.L.
Lora was a Hoosier, born January 8, 1899 in Jonesville, Indiana to Margaret Hannah Marquette and William Cecil Corum. No word on where the name Lora came from.
Lora won the Indy 500 in 1924 although he never led a lap.
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, going on to win at a record average speed of 98.234 mph. It was the first win for a supercharged car.
Traditionally relief drivers did not get credit, but in this case they were awarded the joint win.