|Birth: ||May 5, 1913|
|Death: ||Mar. 8, 1993|
Auto Race Car Driver. 11-time veteran of the Indianapolis 500 with 3 finishes in the Top Ten, finish a personal best 4th in 1952. He was also the 1950 Midwest sprint car racing champion and might be best remembered for his exploits on automobile racing's "Black Sunday," July 29, 1951. On this day, three big-time drivers, each of whom were veterans of the Indianapolis 500, lost their lives. At the Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania, Walt Brown was warming up an ill-handling car, the Jack Robbins Special. This car, as the Noc-Out Hose Clamp Special, had been driven to victory in the 1941 Indianapolis 500 by Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose. Brown suffered critical injuries during a slow tumbling accident in the second turn, and died just after arriving at Carlisle Hospital. Meanwhile, at the Winchester Speedway in Indiana, Cecil Green lost control and went over the embankment between the first and second turn while attempting to qualify the J.C. Agajanian "98 jr." car. This car, considered the best sprint car available, was normally the ride of Troy Ruttman, who would win the big car feature at Williams Grove that day. He died on the way to the hospital while the other drivers waited for the ambulance to return. Next in the qualifying line was Bill Mackey, driver of the Joe Langley Special. No sooner had the ambulance returned than Mackey began his qualifying attempt, only to fly out of the track at the same spot Green had, also suffering fatal injuries. Mackey, whose real name was William C. Gretsinger, Jr., had been having reservations about continuing his racing career, in spite of a run of recent success, including participation in his first Indianapolis 500 in May. During the second wait for the ambulance to return, drivers in the qualifying line had considerable time to ponder the hazards of their profession. Fortunately, the next driver up was the Duane Carter who, as the defending Midwest sprint car champion, had come to Winchester only because promoter Frank Funk had offered him a special appearance bonus to assure himself of at least one "headliner," while most of the stars were racing at Williams Grove. Without any hesitation, Carter raced through three consecutive laps, all under the track record. After establishing these records and winning the fast qualifier of the day accolades, he proceeded to win both his preliminary heat race and the day's feature race. Duane Carter married Arza, the former wife of 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner Johnnie Parsons, while traveling to Texas for the filming of the racing movie "To Please A Lady," and became step father to Joan and Johnny Parsons, Jr. Duane and Arza had 3 more children, Duane (Pancho), Dana, and Tony. After his racing career was over, he became Director of Competition for the United States Auto Club (USAC).
Arza Parsons Mitchell Lawson (1921 - 2016)*
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Plot: Cremated at Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway Chapel, Indianapolis, Indiana
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Aug 12, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 11706
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