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Kelly Petillo


Kelly Petillo, (December 5, 1903 - June 30, 1970) was an American race car driver.

Born Cavino Michelle Petillo in Pennsylvania, he was known throughout his life as Kelly. His family moved to Los Angeles, California where they ran a grocery store. Petillo competed in the Indianapolis 500 on ten occasions, winning the race in 1935 in a year that marked the first win by a car powered by an Offenhauser engine. Petillo went on to win that year's United States National Driving Championship.

In 1937 Petillo participated in the Vanderbilt Cup but engine problems forced him out of the race. Kelly Petillo encountered problems later in his life, spending some time in jail and dying of emphysema in 1970.

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1928 Miller Miller Practice Crash
1932  ? Miller 40th 12th
1933 Smith Miller 25th 19th
1934 Adams Miller 1st 11th
1935 Wetteroth Offy 22nd 1st
1936 Wetteroth Offy Relieved Doc MacKenzie 3rd
1937 Wetteroth Offy 20th 20th
1938 Wetteroth Offy 21st 22nd
1939 Wetteroth Offy 24th 18th
1940 Wetteroth Offy 13th 21st
1941 Wetteroth Offy 19th 27th


Indianapolis 500 Winners
Four-time winners

A. J. FoytAl Unser, Sr.Rick Mears

Three-time winners

MeyerShawRoseRutherfordB. Unser

Two-time winners

MiltonVukovichWardJohncockFittipaldiLuyendykUnser, Jr.Castroneves

One win

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