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Ray Harroun


Ray Harroun (January 12, 1879 - January 19, 1968) was an American racecar driver.

Born in Spartansburg, Pennsylvania, he was the AAA season champion in 1910. At the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, his use of what would now be called a rear-view mirror, rather than the riding mechanic specified in the rules, created controversy, but was ultimately allowed. Harroun went on to win, which created another controversy; to this day, some say a scorer's error cheated Ralph Mulford of his rightful victory. Harroun, who came out of retirement to race in the first 500, would never race again.

Harroun's historic Firestone-shod yellow #32 Marmon Wasp is on display at the Speedway museum.

Award

He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2000.


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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