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Sam Hanks


Sam Hanks (born July 13 1914, died June 27 1994) was an American race car driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1957. He won the race on his twelfth attempt, the most tries of any Indy winner, and announced his retirement from racing in Victory Circle.

As the Indianapolis 500 was included in the Formula One World Championship from 1950 to 1960, he is credited with participation in 8 grands prix, debuting on May 30, 1950. He won 1 race, achieved 4 podiums, and scored a total of 20 championship points.

Awards

AAA Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1940 Weil Duray 14th 13th
1941 Kurtis Kraft Offy Practice Crash
1946 Stevens Sampson 3rd 31st
1947 Adams Sparks Practice Crash
1948 Adams Sparks 15th 26th
1949 Kurtis Kraft Offy 23rd 30th


Formula One Indy 500 results

Season Driver Number Output Grid Classification Points Note Report
1950 23 Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 25 30 - Ret 0 Oil Pressure Report
1951 25 Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 12 12 - Ret 0 Engine Report
1952 18 Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 5 3 4 Report
1953 3 Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 9 3 2 Report
1954 1 Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 10 20 - Ret 0 Spun Off Report
1955 8 Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 6 19 - Ret 0 Transmission Report
1956 4 Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 13 2 6 Report
1957 9 Epperly-Offenhauser 13 1 *WON* 8 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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