2015 Indianapolis 500 Trivia Contest

One of the traditions for this site is the annual Indianapolis Trivia Contest. For the seventh year in a row, I have put together a list of thirty-three questions. This year’s may be the toughest yet. There are no True-False or multiple choice questions. These are short answer only.

At stake is a prize that hard-core lovers will appreciate. Once again, my friend John McLallen has offered up a set of four Ron Burton prints of cars from the sixties. I’m not sure how many sets John has, but they are very nice and suitable for framing. Past winners have sent me pictures of the prints framed and hung up in their man-caves and offices.

You will have almost two weeks to complete the quiz and send me the answers to geophillips14@gmail.com. Answers will be due by 5:00 pm central time, Tuesday May 19. Please send the question numbers that correspond with your answers. Answers without numbers will not be graded or accepted.

I will post the winner on Wednesday May 20 along with the correct answers. Good luck to all!

1. Car No.14 has won the Indianapolis 500 six times. Name all the drivers.

2. Who were the two legendary mechanics that were associated with Bill Vukovich during his winning years at Indianapolis?

3. What driver completed the most laps of any driver in an Indianapolis 500, while finishing last? What year? How many laps?

4. What was the official name of the color that John Zink used to describe his “Pink Zinks”?

5. What was the last year an upright dirt car won the Indianapolis 500? Who was the driver?

6. Al Unser finished ninth his rookie year in 1965, driving a Lola. What type car was he originally slated to drive?

7. What was the first car to win the Indianapolis 500 twice with two different drivers?

8. How many times did the reigning Formula One champion race in the Indianapolis 500? Name the drivers and years they drove in the 500 as the reigning Formula One champion.

9. Jim Hurtubise is known for campaigning a front-engine car long after they fell out of favor. What years did he drive a rear-engine car in the Indianapolis 500?

10. Ray Harroun won the Inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911, driving the Marmon Wasp wearing No.32. Who was the last driver to win the race driving car No.32 and in what year?

11. What was Joe Leonard’s nickname?

12. What Indianapolis 500 winning driver drove under another identity – that of another driver who was an eventual Indianapolis 500 pole winner?

13. Who was the first foreign-born driver to win the Indianapolis 500?

14. Who was the first native-born Hoosier to win the Indianapolis 500?

15. What driver analyst had to leave the IMS Radio Network booth for seven years due to a potential conflict of interest, before returning for five more years?

16. What driver also worked as a bricklayer and actually helped lay some of the brickwork at Speedway High School?

17. What is the first occupation listed on Jim Clark’s tombstone?

18. What year was the Indianapolis 500 first televised live (not closed-circuit) on ABC?

19. What was the last year that USAC sanctioned the Indianapolis 500?

20. How many drivers have won the Indianapolis 500 twice in a row? Name them.

21. “Straight No Chaser” will sing Back Home Again in Indiana at this year’s Indianapolis 500. When was the last time someone other than Jim Nabors sang that song in pre-race ceremonies (and not with the crowd singing due to his illness)? Who was it?

22. For years, Tony Kanaan was synonymous with No.11. He won the 2013 race driving that number. He now drives No.10. How many times has No.10 won the Indianapolis 500?

23. Troy Ruttman was the youngest driver to ever win the Indianapolis 500 when he won it in 1952. That record still stands today. Before Ruttman won in 1952, what driver held that record?

24. Who was the first fan in line for thirty-seven consecutive years at The Speedway?

25. The 1956 race was threatened to be postponed or even cancelled due to standing water on the track and in the infield along with flooded tunnels from heavy rains. The fact that the track was somehow made ready by race morning is affectionately known as what?

26. What organization does AJ Foyt IV currently work for?

27. There have been 98 races, but there are 101 faces on the Borg-Warner trophy. Who are the other three?

28. When was the last year a front-engine car ever raced in the Indianapolis 500?

29. Who was the last French-born driver to win the Indianapolis 500?

30. Who holds the record for most years between starts in the Indianapolis 500?

31. How many individual jets are in the fountain in front of the IMS Hall of Fame Museum?

32. Who qualified for the race, yet served as the driver analyst on the IMS Radio Network for the entire race that same year?

33. Two Super Bowl heroes were co-owners of separate teams in the 1995 Indianapolis 500. Name them.

Tie Breaker: 1958 is known for being the year that I was born. It was also the year of the first-lap crash in Turn Three that took the life of Pat O’Connor; along with being AJ Foyt’s rookie year. Name all of the remaining starters from the 1958 Indianapolis 500 that are still alive today.

16 Responses to “2015 Indianapolis 500 Trivia Contest”

  1. billytheskink Says:

    *cough* *cough*
    Uh-oh, I may have to call in sick today….

  2. Mike Silver Says:

    Looks like another good one George. Wherever did that fountain question come from?

    • It was the question that stumped me last year, when I lost the “More Front Wing” trivia podcast. I won the title in 2013, but lost it to Paul Dalbey last year. That’s why he shut down their site, so that he could retain his title permanently.

    • Ron Ford Says:

      I have this vision of Geoge sitting on the fountain wall eating a tenderloin and counting fountain nozzles.

      • Funny you should say that. This was me the day after last year’s race, coumting the nozzles, just after missing that question cost me the title. – GP

        • Ron Ford Says:

          I’m surprised you have avoided security as long as you have. It takes a good woman to put up with a nozzle counter.

  3. Kevin_K Says:

    One of my favorite quizzes!!

  4. Ron Ford Says:

    Can I buy a vowel?

  5. Bob F. Says:

    I do have a question. On the schedule for the Grand Prix of Indy, they have what is listed at 5:45 as “Track Invasion – Post Race”. What is that? Is this something we all can participate in?

    • Yes. As I understand it – everyone will be able to walk on the track; which I think is a great idea. Every time I walk on the track at IMS, I pinch myself thinking about all of the history that took place where I’m standing. It’s a goosebump moment. Good for IMS President Doug Boles for thinking of the fans! – GP

      • Bob F. Says:

        Thanks! Its a great idea. They need to advertise it more. Other than the schedule and a map I couldn’t find anything else about it.

  6. Kevin_K Says:

    OMG that was hard! I did my best and it was really fun. I really love this time of year. 😀

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