Mauri Rose

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Mauri Rose ( May 26, 1906 - January 1, 1981) was an American race car driver born in Columbus, Ohio.

He started from the pole position driving a Maserati in the 1941 Indianapolis 500, but spark plug problems put him out of the race after sixty laps. He then took over the Wetteroth/Offenhauser car being driven by Floyd Davis that had started in 17th place and won the race. In 1947 and 1948, Rose captured back-to-back Indy 500's driving a Deidt/Offenhauser.

Mauri Rose made his fifteenth and final Indianapolis 500 start in the 1951 race which that year was part of the Formula One circuit. Knocked out from an accident after 126 laps, the forty-five-year-old Rose retired to a home in California. For the 1967 race, officials of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway invited him to drive the Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car.

While his career in racing was filled with success, Rose considered his most important accomplishment to be his invention of a device that made it possible for amputees to drive an automobile.


His participation in two Indy 500 races designated as F1 grands prix, began with the race on May 30, 1950. He achieved 1 podium, and scored a total of 4 championship points.

AAA Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1932 Stevens Miller Failed to Qualify
1933 Stevens Miller 42nd 35th
1934 Stevens Miller 4th 2nd
1935 Miller Miller 10th 20th
1936 Miller Miller 30th 4th
1937 Miller Offy 8th 18th
1939 Shaw Offy 8th 8th
1940 Wetteroth Offy 3rd 3rd
1941 Maserati Maserati 1st 26th
1946 Lencki Lencki 9th 23rd
1947 Deidt Offy 3rd 1st
1948 Deidt Offy 3rd 1st
1949 Deidt Offy 10th 13th

Complete Formula One results

Season Driver# Team Grid Classification Points Note Race Report
1950 31 Deidt-Offenhauser 3 3 *PODIUM* 4   Report
1951 16 Deidt-Offenhauser 5 Ret   Accident Report

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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