Ted Horn was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and began auto racing at the fairly early age of fifteen, but abandoned the sport at the urging of his parents after a serious accident at the age of eighteen. The resolution held for three years, after which he began racing again. More serious accidents did not break his resolve, and he attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1934. Qualifying 35th and second alternate. Using his significant inheritance, he attempted to buy out two of the cars qualified ahead of him and withdraw them placing himself in the race. When AAA officials heard of his plans they put a stop to them and told him to try again next year. He did make the field the next year and finished 16th and continued to race with moderate success through the 1930s, with second, third and fourth places at the Indianapolis 500 and placing well in the championship standings, but never winning a major race or championship.
He volunteered for World War II service but was rejected on the basis of his racing injuries. After the cessation of hostilities, racing began again on a limited basis in 1945, and Ted Horn won all seven races he entered that year. Further success came his way in the three subsequent years, giving him the National Championship in 1946, 1947 and 1948; this was the first three-time win. He never won the Indy 500, but he achieved a record 10 top-four placings.
In a race at DuQuoin, Illinois on October 10, 1948, Ted Horn was involved in a serious accident during the second lap. He was taken to the hospital alive but died a short time later. He was 38.
Indy 500 results
|1934||Duesenberg||Duesenberg||Failed to Qualify|