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Ray Harroun

Race Car Driver Pioneer. Born in in Spartansburg, Pennsylvania, he built his first car in 1905 and would race anyone who would challenge him. In 1910, Harroun accepted an offer from Howard C. Marmon to design and build a racing car to be driven by him in the first big event at the new speedway at Indianapolis, Indiana. Conventional cars at the time were constructed with two bucket-type seats. Harroun's car had a streamlined body, with only one seat for the driver and equipped with the auto industry first rear-view mirrors. Thus on May 30, 1911, Harroun driving his Marmon Speedster was the winner of the first Indianapolis 500. Shortly after the race, he retired from competing but remained in the automobile business as a consulting engineer and car designer. He died at age 89 in Anderson, Indiana, and was inducted into the Motor Sports hall of Fame in 2000.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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1879 - 1968
WINNER-1st. INDY 500-1911





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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 453
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ray Harroun (12 Jan 1879–19 Jan 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 453, citing Anderson Memorial Park, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .