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Rex Mays


Rex Mays (born March 10, 1913 - died November 6, 1949) is a former AAA Championship Car race driver from Riverside, California. He made his Indianapolis 500 debut in 1934 and won the pole in 1935, 1936, and again in 1940 and finished second, he returned the next year and finished second again. However, World War II suspended racing until 1946, denying Mays of what likely would have been the peak of his career. After the war Mays again won the Indy pole in 1948 but was knocked out by a mechanical problem. He was killed in a crash during the only Champ Car race held at Del Mar Speedway in Del Mar, California in 1949.

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1934 Duesenberg Miller 23rd 23rd
1935 Adams Miller 1st 17th
1936 Adams Sparks 1st 15th
1937 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 23rd 33rd
1938 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 3rd 28th
1939 Adams Sparks 19th 16th
1940 Stevens Winfield 1st 2nd
1946 Stevens Winfield 14th 30th
1947 Kurtis Kraft Winfield 20th 6th
1948 Kurtis Kraft Winfield 1st 19th
1947 Kurtis Kraft Novi 2nd 25th