May 30th 1950, Indianapolis 500
I'm going to try something new this time. Instead of posting reviews driver-by-driver, I'm going to do a lap-by-lap review, with five-lap segments.
Davies got off to a good start, and led the first lap, followed by Jackson, Nalon, Mauro and Brown. The worst starter was Charles van Acker, who dropped from 11th to 15th in just one lap. The battle at the front became very close, and the top four started trading places at almost every turn. Jackson led from Mauro at the end of lap 2, with the defending champion taking the lead on the next lap, while Davies droppde to fourth place. In the meantime, the rear was brought up by Tony Gaze and Carl Forberg, while van der Lof was already driving a surprisingly decent race in 20th place. Four laps, four leaders, as Nalon led the fourth lap, and barely kept his lead on lap 5, as he crossed the line neck and neck with Jackson. At the end of lap five, this was the race order: Nalon-Jackson-Mauro-Davies-Dinsmore-Ruttman-Brown-Fohr-Green-Sweikert-(top 10)-Wallard-Linden-Parnell-Chitwood-Vukovich-Van Acker-Miller-Ayulo-Rose-McDowell-(top 20)-Banks-van der Lof-Hawthorn-Cross-McGrath-Ball-Nazaruk-Schindler-Ward-Hellings-(top 30)-Pratt-Forberg-Gaze.
Jackson retook the lead on lap 6 from Nalon and Mauro, while Forberg was in last and getting slower and slower. On lap 7, the leaders had a small tangle and lost time, but they had a decent cushion over the followers so lost no places and Jackson kept his lead, while Nalon dropped to fourth behind Davies. Mauro was now breathing down Jackson's neck and Davies took the advantage, coming right back behind the two, within striking distance of the race lead, which he took on lap 9, a lead he kept and extended on lap 10. Ruttman was also in good form and was slowly making up ground on Davies. The order was as follows: Davies-Jackson-Mauro-Ruttman-Nalon-Dinsmore-Parnell-Fohr-Chitwood-Linden-(top 10)-Brown-Sweikert-Green-Wallard-Van Acker-Vukovich-Ayulo-Miller-Rose-Banks-(top 20)-van der Lof-McDowell-Nazaruk-Hawthorn-Ball-Cross-Schindler-McGrath-Hellings-Pratt-(top 30)-Ward-Gaze-Forberg.
Over the next two laps, Ruttman and Mauro fell back somewhat, and Jackson made a phenomenal pass to take the lead away from Davies on lap 12. Meanwhile, Pratt, Wallard, Ball and Parnell started to make their way up the field while Vukovich did the exact opposite and began falling down the order. It became clear that the race would turn into a game of cat-and-mouse, with the leader running away, getting caught but not passed and so-on. Jackson was now in the lead for four laps, the most consecutive in this race. Race order: Jackson-Davies-Mauro-Parnell-Ruttman-Fohr-Dinsmore-Nalon-Chitwood-Sweikert-(top 10)-Brown-Van Acker-Wallard-Green-Linden-Miller-Rose-Vukovich-Ayulo-van der Lof-(top 20)-McDowell-Nazaruk-Hellings-Cross-Schindler-Banks-Ball-Hawthorn-McGrath-Ward-(top 30)-Pratt-Gaze-Forberg.
Jackson made a big mistake on lap 16 and dropped back to third behind Davies and Mauro, with Ruttman and Parnell just behind. The situation stayed the same until lap 18, when Jackson took back the lead, with Myron Fohr joining the fight behind the top three. On lap 20 however, Jackson again messed up and gave up the lead to Mauro, dropping back to third in the process. Standings after lap 20: Mauro-Davies-Jackson-Parnell-Fohr-Dinsmore-Ruttman-Chitwood-Wallard-Brown-(top 10)-Nalon-Sweikert-Green-Linden-Van Acker-Vukovich-Miller-Rose-Ayulo-McDowell-(top 20)-van der Lof-Hawthorn-Hellings-Cross-Schindler-Banks-Nazaruk-Ball-Pratt-McGrath-(top 30)-Ward-Gaze-Forberg.
The order stayed pretty much the same at that point, but the battle for fourth place was heating up, as Ruttman, Fohr and Dinsmore crossed the line side-by-side, with Parnell, Wallard and Chitwood just a bit further behind. Mauro was still leading and was starting to pull out a small gap. Lap 22, however, was simply brilliant, as Davies took the lead, with Mauro second, Ruttman now third ahead of Jackson, Fohr and Dinsmore. Mauro responded by taking the lead again, with the two using their respective momenta to gain a substantial gap over their challengers, with Ruttman still third. However, Jackson dropped back to sixth place behind Dinsmore. Lap 24 saw the first retirement of the race, with Joie Chitwood blowing an engine out of ninth place. Mauro then started to set blistering lap times, Davies dropping back and eventually being passed by Ruttman, who was now second. After one eighth of the race, here were the standings: Mauro-Ruttman-Davies-Fohr-Jackson-Dinsmore-Brown-Wallard-Sweikert-Ayulo-(top 10)-Parnell-Nalon-Van Acker-Vukovich-Miller-Green-Rose-Linden-Banks-Hellings-(top 20)-Cross-van der Lof-McDowell-Hawthorn-Schindler-Pratt-Ball-Nazaruk-McGrath-Gaze-(top 30)-Ward-Forberg.
Mauro lost the lead to Ruttman on lap 27 after making a mistake and losing all his momentum. Ruttman became the youngest driver to lead an F1 race. In the meantime, Dinsmore and Wallard were making their way up the field and were now both in the top six. He barely kept his lead on the next lap, and while Mauro was again challenging, Myron Fohr was now right behind the two and seriously fighting for the win. It wouldn't last, as he would lose his ground as quickly as he gained it. Meanwhile, Ruttman set upon increasing his lead over Mauro. Standings after 15% of the race: Ruttman-Mauro-Jackson-Fohr-Wallard-Dinsmore-Davies-Ayulo-Nalon-Sweikert-(top 10)-Parnell-Miller-Green-Brown-Van Acker-Linden-Vukovich-Rose-Banks-van der Lof-(top 20)-McDowell-Hellings-Cross-Hawthorn-Schindler-Nazaruk-Pratt-McGrath-Ball-Ward-(top 30)-Gaze-Forberg.
Nothing, really, apart from Fohr edging closer and closer to the front, Ruttman maintaining his lead, Davies dropping further and further back and Jackson catching up and then dropping back again. Race order: Ruttman-Mauro-Jackson-Fohr-Parnell-Dinsmore-Wallard-Sweikert-Miller-Davies-(top 10)-Green-Brown-Nalon-Ayulo-Van Acker-Linden-Vukovich-Rose-McDowell-Banks-(top 20)-van der Lof-Hellings-Cross-Hawthorn-McGrath-Ball-Schindler-Nazaruk-Pratt-Gaze-(top 30)-Ward-Forberg.
Ruttman tried to continue to build up his lead, but soon found the task difficult, and he was unable to make a gap that would last a reasonable amount of time. The order, meanwhile, was changing constantly. Sweikert, Miller and Davies started to gain time on the cars ahead, while Parnell moved up to fourth place behind Ruttman, Mauro and Fohr, while Jackson dropped out of the points. After a fifth of the race, here was the order: Ruttman-Mauro-Fohr-Parnell-Jackson-Wallard-Sweikert-Dinsmore-Ayulo-Miller-(top 10)-Davies-Green-Nalon-Van Acker-Brown-Linden-Vukovich-Rose-Banks-van der Lof-(top 20)-McDowell-Ball-Hellings-Cross-Schindler-McGrath-Hawthorn-Ward-Pratt-Nazaruk-(top 30)-Gaze-Forberg.
Dinsmore made up some more ground while Jackson lost his, basically switching positions, while Mauro used lapped traffic to slingshot to just behind Ruttman. He applied heavy pressure for a couple of laps before making the pass for the lead on lap 43. Ruttman wouldn't settle for second, and he repassed Mauro on the next lap, while Dinsmore was now up to fourth place and Charles Van Acker was steadily rising into the top ten. Standings: Ruttman-Mauro-Fohr-Dinsmore-Parnell-Nalon-Jackson-Van Acker-Wallard-Green-(top 10)-Brown-Ayulo-Sweikert-Linden-Miller-Vukovich-Davies-Rose-Banks-van der Lof-(top 20)-Ball-Cross-McDowell-Hellings-Hawthorn-Schindler-McGrath-Ward-Nazaruk-Pratt-(top 30)-Gaze-Forberg.
The battle was now heating up between Fohr and Dinsmore, while Mauro made a mistake on lap 47 and lost a substantial amount of time to Ruttman, whose lead was now getting bigger and bigger. Jackson was now making up second after second and was soon fighting with Fohr and Dinsmore for third place. Fohr responded by pulling out a lead over Dinsmore, who also increased the gap back to Jackson. Race order with a quarter of the race done: Ruttman-Mauro-Fohr-Dinsmore-Jackson-Nalon-Parnell-Van Acker-Miller-Linden-(top 10)-Brown-Wallard-Davies-Green-Vukovich-Sweikert-Ayulo-van der Lof-Banks-McDowell-(top 20)-Rose-Ball-Cross-Hellings-Schindler-Pratt-Hawthorn-McGrath-Ward-Nazaruk-(top 30)-Gaze-Forberg.
While Mauro fell further and further back, he was passed by Myron Fohr for second on lap 52. Fohr kept on going, and while Ruttman was now running at a regular pace, Fohr was catching up at the rate of knots, eventually taking the lead on lap 54. When doing so, however, he carried too much speed into turn 1 and had to brake, allowing Ruttman through into the lead once more. These were the standings: Ruttman-Fohr-Mauro-Jackson-Dinsmore-Nalon-Parnell-Linden-Van Acker-Ayulo-(top 20)-Brown-Vukovich-Green-Davies-Miller-Banks-Sweikert-Wallard-Cross-McDowell-(top 20)-Rose-van der Lof-Ball-Ward-Schindler-Hellings-Hawthorn-McGrath-Pratt-Nazaruk-(top 30)-Gaze-Forberg.
At the very front, the order didn't change much. Ruttman tried to pull out a gap, but Fohr always had an answer, and the result was that the two extended their lead over the chasing pack, joined by Charles Van Acker, who had been driving consistently fast for the past few laps. Meanwhile, Mauro was still losing ground and was passed by Jackson for third place. Positions with 30% of the race done: Ruttman-Fohr-Jackson-Mauro-Dinsmore-Van Acker-Nalon-Linden-Green-Parnell-(top 10)-Banks-Ayulo-Davies-Vukovich-Cross-Brown-Wallard-Miller-van der Lof-McDowell-(top 20)-Sweikert-Rose-Ball-Ward-Schindler-Hellings-Pratt-McGrath-Hawthorn-Gaze-(top 30)-Nazaruk-Forberg.
Lap 61 saw the field reduced to 31 cars, as Tony Gaze retired from the race with a transmission failure. Sadly for the battle for the lead, Fohr started to experience mechanical problems. He wasn't forced to retire, but started to lose heaps of time to Ruttman, who was now free to run away with the race lead. Jackson was behind Fohr in no time and was ready to become the main challenger to Ruttman. Van Acker, meanwhile, was continuing his ascension, and so was Vukovich, who was now in the top ten. Standings: Ruttman-Fohr-Jackson-Mauro-Nalon-Van Acker-Dinsmore-Linden-Vukovich-Parnell-(top 10)-Ayulo-Banks-Cross-Green-Davies-Brown-Wallard-Miller-Sweikert-van der Lof-(top 20)-Ball-McDowell-Rose-Ward-Schindler-McGrath-Hellings-Pratt-Hawthorn-Nazaruk-(top 30)-Forberg.
Jackson didn't really step up to the plate at first, allowing Ruttman to keep his lead, while Van Acker was now up into the points, passing Mauro and Nalon, and then Fohr to reach third place, a very unexpected performance for ENB. The order was as follows: Ruttman-Jackson-Van Acker-Fohr-Nalon-Mauro-Dinsmore-Ayulo-Vukovich-Linden-(top 10)-Parnell-Banks-Cross-Davies-Green-Brown-McDowell-Sweikert-Miller-Wallard-(top 20)-van der Lof-Rose-Ball-Schindler-McGrath-Ward-Hellings-Pratt-Hawthorn-Nazaruk-(top 30)-Forberg.
With no pressure on his shoulders, Ruttman set about increasing his already impressive lead. Davies also started to gain some time on the chasing pack. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Van Acker-Fohr-Mauro-Nalon-Ayulo-Linden-Davies-Vukovich-(top 10)-Parnell-Dinsmore-Brown-Green-Cross-Banks-Wallard-Miller-Sweikert-McDowell-(top 20)-Rose-van der Lof-Schindler-Ball-McGrath-Pratt-Hellings-Ward-Hawthorn-Nazaruk-(top 30)-Forberg.
Again, Ruttman got further and further away from Jackson, while Fohr had apparently got rid of his car problems and had passed Van Acker, who was still holding his own at the front. We also saw the third retirement of the race on lap 79, when Art Cross had to come into the pitlane with a broken gearbox. These were the positions with 120 laps remaining: Ruttman-Jackson-Fohr-Van Acker-Linden-Dinsmore-Ayulo-Mauro-Nalon-Vukovich-(top 10)-Parnell-Brown-Green-Davies-Miller-Banks-Sweikert-Wallard-McDowell-van der Lof-(top 20)-Rose-Ball-Schindler-McGrath-Pratt-Hellings-Ward-Hawthorn-Nazaruk-Forberg.
See previous laps. Ruttman was still increasing his lead (seriously, the luck he's had with the numbers is incredible), but another driver was going even quicker. However, Walt Brown is so far behind at the moment that it's not yet good enough for points. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Fohr-Van Acker-Linden-Dinsmore-Brown-Ayulo-Mauro-Nalon-(top 10)-Vukovich-Parnell-Miller-Davies-Green-Banks-Sweikert-McDowell-van der Lof-Wallard-(top 20)-Ball-Schindler-Rose-McGrath-Pratt-Hellings-Ward-Nazaruk-Hawthorn-Forberg.
Ruttman is looking like he's already sealed the win, as his lead is just getting bigger and bigger, but remember, to finish first, first you have to finish. Bob Sweikert has experienced this. On lap 88, after experiencing heavy vibrations in his front right wheel, he lost control of his car in turn 3. His car turned low onto the apron before moving back up the race track, colliding fairly hard with the wall. The car was completely destroyed, but Sweikert was unharmed. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Van Acker-Dinsmore-Fohr-Brown-Linden-Mauro-Ayulo-Davies-(top 10)-Nalon-Vukovich-Parnell-Miller-Green-Banks-van der Lof-McDowell-Schindler-Rose-(top 20)-Wallard-Ball-McGrath-Pratt-Hellings-Nazaruk-Hawthorn-Ward-Forberg.
Ruttman was by now starting to stabilize his pace, but no one seemed to be able to mount an efficient response. He now had more than a one lap lead over the rest of the field. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Dinsmore-Van Acker-Fohr-Brown-Linden-Miller-Davies-Vukovich-(top 10)-Mauro-Nalon-Ayulo-Parnell-Green-Banks-Rose-McDowell-van der Lof-McGrath-(top 20)-Schindler-Ball-Wallard-Hellings-Pratt-Nazaruk-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
Not much going on apart from the now-customary switches in the chasing pack. Mauri Rose was now on the move, reaching 16th place. Standings at the halfway point of the race: Ruttman-Jackson-Dinsmore-Linden-Fohr-Brown-Van Acker-Davies-Vukovich-Miller-(top 10)-Mauro-Nalon-Green-Ayulo-Parnell-Rose-Banks-McGrath-van der Lof-McDowell-(top 20)-Wallard-Pratt-Ball-Hellings-Schindler-Nazaruk-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
At this point, Jackson decided it was time to attack, and this he did well. Ruttman still managed to limit the damage, by also upping the pace. Bill Vukovich also surprised everyone by setting astonishingly quick laps to get in the points! Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Dinsmore-Vukovich-Linden-Brown-Van Acker-Miller-Fohr-Davies-(top 10)-Nalon-Parnell-Mauro-Ayulo-Green-Rose-Banks-McDowell-van der Lof-McGrath-(top 20)-Ball-Wallard-Hellings-Schindler-Pratt-Nazaruk-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
With Ruttman and Jackson at around the same pace, Mauro started to make up some of the lost time, as did Nazaruk, who had been at the back for most of the race. However, the event of these five laps were centered around Mack Hellings. While attempting to pass Bobby Ball on lap 110, Hellings skidded over some oil left behind by Chitwood's blown engine. Hellings was sent into the outside wall at over 200 km/h. The car briefly caught fire, but the flames quickly put themselves out before they could make any sort of damage. Hellings got out of his car in visible pain, and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Dinsmore-Vukovich-Linden-Van Acker-Miller-Mauro-Brown-Parnell-(top 10)-Davies-Nalon-Fohr-Ayulo-Rose-Green-Banks-van der Lof-McGrath-McDowell-(top 20)-Schindler-Ball-Pratt-Wallard-Nazaruk-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
ENB continued to take it in turns to have their drivers in a good position, as Van Acker started to gain some time back just as Vukovich lost his. Jackson started to make up the gap, but at a slow rate, and Nalon retired from 12th place with an oil leak. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Dinsmore-Van Acker-Linden-Miller-Vukovich-Davies-Fohr-Brown-(top 10)-Ayulo-Mauro-Parnell-Green-Rose-Banks-van der Lof-McGrath-McDowell-Schindler-(top 20)-Ball-Pratt-Wallard-Nazaruk-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
Feeling some kind of pressure, perhaps seeing Jackson getting closer to unlapping himself, Ruttman pushed a bit more to increase the gap between them. Al Miller, despite all of his experience, lost all hopes of points by spinning in turn 2 and stalling his car, ending his race. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Dinsmore-Van Acker-Linden-Brown-Fohr-Davies-Vukovich-Ayulo-(top 10)-Parnell-Mauro-Green-van der Lof-Rose-Banks-McGrath-McDowell-Schindler-Ball-(top 20)-Pratt-Nazaruk-Wallard-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
Fohr was now on fire and started making up a staggering amount of time in just five laps, with Nazaruk also doing well. Jackson was also gaining some ground on Ruttman, but it wasn't enough to be a significant threat. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Dinsmore-Fohr-Linden-Van Acker-Brown-Davies-Vukovich-Parnell-(top 10)-Ayulo-Mauro-Green-Banks-McDowell-van der Lof-Rose-McGrath-Schindler-Nazaruk-(top 20)-Ball-Pratt-Wallard-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
Jackson was now upping the pace to catch up to Ruttman, who seemed unable to do better. Other drivers, meanwhile, were gaining plenty of ground, such as Pratt, van der Lof and Mauro. Andy Linden was still fairly quick while the others were seemingly content with where they were, and he took the opportunity to take third place. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Linden-Dinsmore-Fohr-Van Acker-Davies-Brown-Vukovich-Parnell-(top 10)-Ayulo-Mauro-Green-van der Lof-Rose-Banks-McDowell-Schindler-McGrath-Nazaruk-(top 20)-Pratt-Ball-Wallard-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
Ruttman, as is turned out, was only delaying his response simply because his lead was large enough for him to do it. He picked up the pace once more, coinciding with Jackson slowing down a bit. A decent race was sadly ended on lap 132 when Reg Parnell spun on oil. The spin shed almost all of the speed from the car, but the car still collided very lightly with the inside wall, enough to snap the rear suspension, ending Parnell's race. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Dinsmore-Ayulo-Fohr-Van Acker-Davies-Vukovich-Brown-Linden-(top 10)-Mauro-Green-Rose-van der Lof-Banks-McDowell-Schindler-Nazaruk-Pratt-McGrath-(top 20)-Ball-Wallard-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
This time around, the drivers on form were Davies and Vukovich, who were setting some consistent fast times. In the meantime, Ruttman seemed to be slowing down a bit, while Jackson was speeding up. The gap stayed reasonably large, but it was nonetheless substantially smaller. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Ayulo-Dinsmore-Fohr-Van Acker-Davies-Vukovich-Linden-Brown-(top 10)-Mauro-Green-Rose-van der Lof-Pratt-Nazaruk-McGrath-Ball-Banks-McDowell-(top 20)-Schindler-Wallard-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
Van Acker, Wallard and Brown were now on fire, and Van Acker entered the points once again. At the very front, Ruttman started to pull away again, as Jackson lost time. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Ayulo-Van Acker-Fohr-Dinsmore-Ball-Davies-Brown-Linden-(top 10)-Mauro-Green-Rose-McGrath-van der Lof-Pratt-Nazaruk-Schindler-Banks-Ball-(top 20)-McDowell-Wallard-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
This time, it was Jimmy Davies and Myron Fohr who were on form, with Davies returning to the points once more. Ruttman was still pulling away, and with the three quarters of the race done, it's looking like only a retirement could stop him from becoming the youngest winner ever. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Fohr-Van Acker-Davies-Dinsmore-Ayulo-Vukovich-Brown-Linden-(top 10)-Green-Mauro-Rose-van der Lof-McGrath-Schindler-Ball-Banks-Nazaruk-Pratt-(top 20)-McDowell-Wallard-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
These laps were marked by two crashes, from Johnny Mauro and Johnny McDowell. On lap 152, Mauro ran a bit wide in turn 3 and lightly clipped the barrier. The car descended the banking at slow speed, Mauro still in control of the car, and stopped out of harm's way, but left some debris on the track. McDowell drove over the debris, and suffered a puncture on the next lap. The car span around and collided with the barrier, but McDowell had felt the puncture earlier and had slowed down, so the impact wasn't as hard as it could have been. At the front, Fohr hit trouble and had to slow down, being passed by Dinsmore, who was running at a good pace. At the opposite end, Bill Schindler also ran over debris from Mauro's accident, but managed to pit for new tyres, losing a substantial amount of time in the process. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Davies-Dinsmore-Van Acker-Fohr-Ayulo-Vukovich-Brown-Linden-(top 10)-Green-Rose-van der Lof-McGrath-Banks-Pratt-Ball-Wallard-Nazaruk-Schindler-(top 20)-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
Experience is crucial in a race like this. Jimmy Jackson knows that, and has chosen to unleash all his skill now. While Ruttman is pretty stable on pace right now, Jackson is on a roll, and has cut the gap to almost half of what it was just 15 laps ago. 80% of the race is over, and Ruttman still leads with a big gap over Jackson, who has a similar gap back to the chasing pack of Dinsmore, Davies, Fohr and Van Acker, all in a few seconds. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Dinsmore-Davies-Fohr-Van Acker-Vukovich-Ayulo-Brown-Linden-(top 10)-Green-Rose-Banks-McGrath-van der Lof-Pratt-Wallard-Ball-Schindler-Nazaruk-(top 20)-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
Ruttman then showed that youth could be a match for experience by setting some more quick laps to increase his gap. Further back, Bobby Ball was absolutely flying, while Forberg briefly made his way out of last place for the first time since lap 10. This didn't last long, and he quickly fell back behind Hawthorn. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Fohr-Davies-Dinsmore-Van Acker-Vukovich-Ayulo-Brown-Linden-(top 10)-Green-Rose-van der Lof-Banks-Ball-Pratt-McGrath-Wallard-Nazaruk-Schindler-(top 20)-Ward-Hawthorn-Forberg.
On lap 168, Walt Brown's race was sadly halted. His chance of points were ended when he brushed the side of Ralph Pratt while attempting to lap him. Pratt continued on relatively unscathed, but Brown suffered from suspension damage and had to retire. At the front, Ruttman was beginning to slow, perhaps prone to car trouble or to fatigue. Jackson kept consistently setting sufficient lap times, and slowly but surely began reeling Ruttman in. A driver who was surprisingly quick now was Mike Hawthorn, who started to make up heaps of ground. However, he is so far back that the only driver he can hope to overtake is Rodger Ward. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Davies-Fohr-Dinsmore-Vukovich-Van Acker-Ayulo-Green-Linden-(top 10)-Ball-Banks-van der Lof-Wallard-Rose-Pratt-McGrath-Nazaruk-Schindler-Hawthorn-(top 20)-Ward-Forberg.
Nazaruk was now the man in form, and made it up to 17th place, while Jackson kept on reeling in Ruttman, at an even faster rate. The race was now getting interesting. Forberg was now certainly permanently out of last place, as Rodger Ward was now even slower, while Carl was picking up the pace. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Davies-Fohr-Dinsmore-Vukovich-Van Acker-Ayulo-Green-Linden-(top 10)-Ball-Banks-Rose-van der Lof-Pratt-Wallard-Nazaruk-McGrath-Schindler-Hawthorn-(top 20)-Forberg-Ward.
Jackson was still setting fast laps, while Ruttman was simply unable to respond on pace. The gap is shrinking fast. But the men on form are now Mike Nazaruk and Bill Vukovich, who now enters the points. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Vukovich-Fohr-Davies-Van Acker-Dinsmore-Ayulo-Green-Linden-(top 10)-Ball-Rose-Nazaruk-Wallard-Banks-Pratt-van der Lof-Schindler-McGrath-Hawthorn-(top 20)-Forberg-Ward.
Forberg and Green were now getting quicker, although Forberg was now a lost cause, litterally, as he, Ward and Hawthorn are mathematically too far back from Ruttman to win the race without a retirement. Jackson's pace was beginning to slow, while Ruttman stayed consistent and managed to increase the gap a little with just 15 laps to go. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Vukovich-Davies-Fohr-Van Acker-Dinsmore-Ayulo-Green-Linden-(top 10)-Nazaruk-Rose-Wallard-Banks-Ball-van der Lof-Pratt-Schindler-McGrath-Hawthorn-(top 20)-Forberg-Ward.
Ruttman and Jackson were now on almost the same pace, with Jackson still mildly quicker, but the main point was the battle for foutrh place, with Davies, Fohr and Van Acker almost nose to tail, while Vukovich was still on a strong pace. Could he pip Jackson for second place? Meanwhile, van der Lof, Ball, Wallard, Pratt, Schindler and McGrath were now out of contention. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Vukovich-Fohr-Davies-Van Acker-Dinsmore-Ayulo-Green-Linden-(top 10)-Banks-Rose-Nazaruk-van der Lof-Ball-Wallard-Pratt-Schindler-McGrath-Hawthorn-(top 20)-Forberg-Ward.
It looks like Ruttman saved the best for last, as he pulled off a series of insanely quick laps to increase his lead once again, to a realistically uncatchable margin, unless he encountered a problem. Vukovich, meanwhile, was unable to keep the pace he had been setting, and looks like he'll have to settle for third place. Mike Hawthorn also retired from the race, struck by a gearbox failure. Standings: Ruttman-Jackson-Vukovich-Fohr-Van Acker-Davies-Dinsmore-Green-Ayulo-Linden-(top 10)-Rose-Nazaruk-Banks-van der Lof-Schindler-Wallard-Pratt-Ball-McGrath-Forberg-(top 20)-Ward.
Ralph Pratt failed at the part that hurts the most, when his car, damaged during the collision with Walt Brown, finally gave up the ghost. Jackson seemed to give up, or was just unable to go any faster, and Ruttman could just coast home to victory, the youngest winner of the Indy 500 and of a Formula 1 race at just 21 years old. Vukovich cruised to third, but the battle for fourth was crashed by Cecil Green, who made a fantastic late-race comeback to finish fifth behind Duke Dinsmore. Fohr, Van Acker, Davies, Ayulo and Linden round out the top 10.
The final standings will come later, probably some time tomorrow, when I figure out all the lapped cars.
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