Kurtis Kraft designed cars for oval racing and with the Indianapolis 500 being included as a Formula One World Championship round from 1950 - 1960, the marque jotted up many entries and a handful of wins.

99 of the marques starts were in the Indianapolis event bar one, when Rodger Ward competed his car in the 1959 United States Grand Prix at Sebring.

Background[edit | edit source]

Parsons 1950 Indy winning car

Kurtis Kraft lightweight fibre-glass cars with a low centre of gravity for the Oval Racing market from 1949 to 1955.

In total, the marque created over 550 ready-to-run midget cars, and 600 kits featuring an Offenhauser motor. Kurtis-Kraft created 120 Indianapolis 500 cars, including five winners. The combination has been described as "virtually unbeatable for over twenty years."

Formula One World Championship[edit | edit source]

Kurtis-Kraft cars were driven to 5 Indy 500 wins, thus they have 5 Formula 1 World Championship wins. 99 of the 100 championship entries were at this event over the 11 years it counted towards the points, the exception being one car entered at the 1959 United States Grand Prix by Rodger Ward.

F1 Summary[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Engine Tyre Drivers Rounds WCC Pts WCC Pos Test drivers Report

List of race wins[edit | edit source]

Win
Number
Event Driver Notes
1 1950 Indianapolis 500 Johnnie Parsons
2 1951 Indianapolis 500 Lee Wallard
3 1953 Indianapolis 500 Bill Vukovich
4 1954 Indianapolis 500 Bill Vukovich
5 1955 Indianapolis 500 Bob Sweikert

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 12
Starts 193
Pole Positions 6
Front Row Starts 18
Race Wins 5
Podiums 16
Fastest laps
Points
Races Led 9
Laps Led 1084
Distance Led 4360.39 km (2709 mi)

Complete Formula One Results[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

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