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The '20s BY THE NUMBERS
April 14, 2011
1 START position, car number and finish for Tommy Milton in 1923, the only driver ever to achieve the unique triple feat. Milton had another milestone in '23 as the Indy 500's first two-time winner.
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April 14, 2011

The '20s By The Numbers

1 START position, car number and finish for Tommy Milton in 1923, the only driver ever to achieve the unique triple feat. Milton had another milestone in '23 as the Indy 500's first two-time winner.

26 GERMAN aircraft shot down by World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, who led the group that purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in '27 for $700,000. Rickenbacker, also a pioneer in the commercial airline industry, had driven in four Indy 500s, with a best finish of 10th in the 1914 race.

207.55 MPH, the world land speed record set in April '28 by Ray Keech at Daytona Beach. A year later Keech would win at Indianapolis. His average speed in the 500 was 97.585 mph.

5 YEARS of close-but-no-cigar success for Harry Hartz. From '22 to '26 Hartz never finished out of the top four in the Indy 500, including a trio of second-place finishes. He remains the only man to be runner-up three times without ever taking the checkered flag.

2 CARS driven during the '24 race by Joe Boyer. Driving for the Duesenberg team, Boyer had engine trouble on Lap 2 and was forced to retire the vehicle. With another Duesenberg entry, driven by L.L. Corum, in a distant fifth place at the halfway point of the race, Boyer relieved Corum and drove to victory, becoming the first man to start the race in one car and take the checkered flag in another.

0 TIRE changes during the '20 race by champion Gaston Chevrolet, a first for a winner in race history. Gaston was driving a car designed and built under the direction of his older brothers, Arthur and Louis, cofounders of the Chevrolet motor car company.

3 NEWLY crowned Indy champions during the '20s who perished later the same year: Gaston Chevrolet ('20, died in a crash at Beverly Hills); Boyer ('24, died in a crash at Altoona); and Keech ('29, also killed while driving at Altoona).

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