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The 1956 Indianapolis 500, or officially known as the 40th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes, was the third round of the 1956 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, United States, on Wednesday, the 30th of May.



BackgroundEdit

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1956 Indianapolis 500 are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Ave. Speed
1 8 United States Pat Flaherty United States Watson-Offenhauser 4:07.26 145.596 mi/h
2 24 United States Jim Rathmann United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:08.07 145.120 mi/h
3 7 United States Pat O'Connor United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:08.31 144.980 mi/h
4 73 United States Dick Rathmann United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:08.72 144.741 mi/h
5 99 United States Tony Bettenhausen United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:08.96 144.602 mi/h
6 98 United States Johnnie Parsons (W) United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 4:09.75 144.144 mi/h
7 42 United States Fred Agabashian United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:09.88 144.069 mi/h
8 29 United States Paul Russo United States Kurtis Kraft-Novi 4:10.79 143.546 mi/h
9 5 United States Andy Linden United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:11.65 143.056 mi/h
10 1 United States Bob Sweikert (W) United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 4:11.69 143.033 mi/h
11 53 United States Troy Ruttman (W) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:12.66 142.484 mi/h
12 15 United States Johnny Boyd United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:12.92 142.337 mi/h
13 4 United States Sam Hanks United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:13.43 142.051 mi/h
14 10 United States Ed Elisian United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:14.63 141.382 mi/h
15 19 United States Rodger Ward United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:15.01 141.171 mi/h
16 48 United States Jimmy Daywalt United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:15.36 140.977 mi/h
17 49 United States Ray Crawford United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:15.53 140.884 mi/h
18 88 United States Johnny Thomson United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 4:07.34 145.549 mi/h
19 2 United States Jimmy Bryan United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 4:10.45 143.741 mi/h
20 89 United States Keith Andrews United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:11.79 142.976 mi/h
21 26 United States Jimmy Reece United States Lesovsky-Offenhauser 4:11.95 142.885 mi/h
22 82 United States Gene Hartley United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 4:12.02 142.846 mi/h
23 14 United States Bob Veith (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:12.57 142.535 mi/h
24 54 United States Jack Turner (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:12.82 142.394 mi/h
25 57 United States Bob Christie (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:13.10 142.236 mi/h
26 16 United States Don Freeland United States Phillips-Offenhauser 4:14.06 141.699 mi/h
27 12 United States Al Herman United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:14.22 141.610 mi/h
28 55 United States Al Keller United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:14.97 141.193 mi/h
29 41 United States Billy Garrett (R) United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 4:16.12 140.559 mi/h
30 27 United States Cliff Griffith United States Stevens-Offenhauser 4:14.47 141.471 mi/h
31 34 United States Johnny Tolan (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:17.03 140.061 mi/h
32 81 United States Eddie Johnson United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 4:18.82 139.093 mi/h
33 64 United States Duke Dinsmore United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:19.87 138.430 mi/h
  • (W) represents as previous winners.
  • (R) represents as race rookies.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.

GridEdit

Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
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1 ______________
Pat Flaherty 2 ______________
Jim Rathmann 3
Pat O'Connor
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4 ______________
Dick Rathmann 5 ______________
Tony Bettenhausen 6
Johnnie Parsons (W)
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7 ______________
Fred Agabashian 8 ______________
Paul Russo 9
Andy Linden
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10 ______________
Bob Sweikert (W) 11 ______________
Troy Ruttman (W) 12
Johnny Boyd
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13 ______________
Sam Hanks 14 ______________
Ed Elisian 15
Rodger Ward
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16 ______________
Jimmy Daywalt 17 ______________
Ray Crawford 18
Johnny Thomson
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19 ______________
Jimmy Bryan 20 ______________
Keith Andrews 21
Jimmy Reece
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22 ______________
Gene Hartley 23 ______________
Bob Veith (R) 24
Jack Turner (R)
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25 ______________
Bob Christie (R) 26 ______________
Don Freeland 27
Al Herman
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28 ______________
Al Keller 29 ______________
Billy Garrett (R) 30
Cliff Griffith
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31 ______________
Johnny Tolan (R) 32 ______________
Eddie Johnson 33
Duke Dinsmore

Non-QualifiersEdit

The full list of non-qualifiers for the 1956 Indianapolis 500 is outlined below:

No. Driver Constructor
58 United States Eddie Sachs (R) United States Schroeder-Offenhauser
87 United States Jay Abney (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
33 United States George Amick (R) United States Epperly-Offenhauser
91 United States Johnny Baldwin (R) United States Ferrari
25 United States Tony Bonadies (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
81 United States Buddy Cagle (R) United States Kuzma-Offenhauser
84 United States Bill Cheesbourg (R) United States Lesovsky-Offenhauser
87 United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
31 United States Jimmy Davies United States Kurtis Kraft-Novi
51 United States Len Duncan United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
41 United States Edgar Elder (R) United States Kuzma-Offenhauser
9 Italy Giuseppe Farina (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Ferrari
35 United States Johnny Kay (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
74 United States Mike Magill (R) United States Templeton-Offenhauser
77 United States Jim McWithey (R) United States Schroeder-Offenhauser
9 United States Earl Motter (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Ferrari
41 United States Kuzma-Offenhauser
74 United States Roy Newman (R) United States Templeton-Offenhauser
75 United States Marvin Pifer (R) United States Ewing-Offenhauser
10 United States Eddie Russo (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
27 United States Stevens-Offenhauser
33 United States Epperly-Offenhauser
85 United States Gig Stephens (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
62 United States Len Sutton (R) United States Lesovsky-Offenhauser
3 United States Marshall Teague United States Kuzma-Offenhauser
47 United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
46 United States Shorty Templeman United States Hillegass-Offenhauser
93 United States Leroy Warriner (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
22 United States Chuck Weyant United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
22 United States Dempsey Wilson (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
79 United States Silnes-Offenhauser

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1956 Indianapolis 500 are outlined below:

Pos. Grid No. Driver Constructor Laps Led Time/Retired Points
1 1 8 United States Pat Flaherty United States Watson-Offenhauser 200 127 3:53:28.84 8
2 13 4 United States Sam Hanks United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 200 0 +20.46s 6
3 26 16 United States Don Freeland United States Phillips-Offenhauser 200 4 +1:30.23 4
4 6 98 United States Johnnie Parsons (W) United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 200 16 +3:25.64 3
5 4 73 United States Dick Rathmann United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 200 0 +4:21.81 2
6 10 1 United States Bob Sweikert (W) United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 200 0 +5:34.99
7 23 14 United States Bob Veith (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 200 0 +6:25.66
8 15 19 United States Rodger Ward United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 200 0 +6:32.27
9 21 26 United States Jimmy Reece United States Lesovsky-Offenhauser 200 0 +6:38.27
10 30 27 United States Cliff Griffith United States Stevens-Offenhauser 199 0 +1 Lap
11 22 82 United States Gene Hartley United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 196 0 +4 Laps
12 7 42 United States Fred Agabashian United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 196 0 +4 Laps
13 25 57 United States Bob Christie (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 196 0 +4 Laps
14 28 55 United States Al Keller United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 195 0 +5 Laps
15 32 81 United States Eddie Johnson United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 195 0 +5 Laps
16 29 41 United States Billy Garrett (R) United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 194 0 +6 Laps
17 33 64 United States Duke Dinsmore United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 191 0 +9 Laps
18 3 7 United States Pat O'Connor United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 187 39 +13 Laps
19 19 2 United States Jimmy Bryan United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 185 0 +15 Laps
20 2 24 United States Jim Rathmann United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 175 3 Rings
21 31 34 United States Johnny Tolan (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 173 0 Mechanical
22 5 99 United States Tony Bettenhausen United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 160 0 Accident
23 14 10 United States Ed Elisian United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 123 0 Brakes
United States Eddie Russo (R) 37
24 16 48 United States Jimmy Daywalt United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134 0 Accident
25 24 54 United States Jack Turner (R) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 131 0 Mechanical
26 20 89 United States Keith Andrews United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 94 0 Transmission
27 9 5 United States Andy Linden United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 90 0 Oil Leak
28 27 12 United States Al Herman United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 74 0 Accident
29 17 49 United States Ray Crawford United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 49 0 Accident
30 12 15 United States Johnny Boyd United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 35 0 Oil Leak
31 11 53 United States Troy Ruttman (W) United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 22 0 Spin
32 18 88 United States Johnny Thomson United States Kuzma-Offenhauser 22 0 Spin
33 8 29 United States Paul Russo United States Kurtis Kraft-Novi 21 11 Accident 1FL
  • FL Indicates a driver scored one point for fastest lap.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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