Lee Wallard  United States

  • Full name Lee Wallard
  • Birth date September 8, 1911
  • Birthplace Schenectady, New York, United States
  • Date of death November 28, 1963 (52 years 81 days)
  • Place of death St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
  • Teams Kurtis Kraft, Moore
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Moore 1 1 0 0 1 6 0 0 23 0 0 0 -
1951 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 9 7
Total 2 2 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 1 0 9
Race Circuit Date
First race Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis May 30, 1950 Race results
Last race Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis May 30, 1951 Race results
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Lee Wallard has the best career win percentage of any driver, winning one of the two FIA World Championship races he competed in. That came at the 1951 Indianapolis 500 when he led for 159 of the 200 laps and became the first driver to break the four-hour barrier. Four days after his win he was badly burned in an accident in a sprint car in Reading, Pennsylvania and was forced to retire from racing. He tried to test at Indianapolis in 1952 and 1954 but found he was no longer capable of competitive driving.

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May 30, 1951

Lee Wallard grins as he holds a dime that belonged to Tod Horns killed in a 1949 race

     

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