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Bill Holland (born December 18, 1907, died May 19, 1984[1] was an American race car driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1949. On November 14, 1951, Holland was suspended from AAA Indy Car racing for one year after competing in a three-lap Lion's Charity race at Opa Locka, Florida and it was part of a NASCAR event. The AAA has a strict rule forbidding its drivers to participate in any race other than its own, it was later changed and that rule no longer exist as other drivers like A.J. Foyt has done so by driving NASCAR as a IndyCar regular.

Bill Holland won the first ever automobile race at Selinsgrove Speedway[2] (Selinsgrove, PA) on July 20, 1946.


Indy 500 results

Year[3] Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1947 16 8 128.755 1 2 200 143 Running
1948 2 2 129.515 3 2 200 0 Running
1949 7 4 128.673 9 1 200 146 Running
1950 3 10 130.482 21 2 137 8 Running
1953 49 28 137.868 2 15 177 0 Cam gear
Totals 914 297
Starts 5
Poles 0
Front Row 1
Wins 1
Top 5 4
Top 10 4
Retired 1
  • Although Holland started the 1947 race from the middle of the third row, he posted the fastest qualifying time.

World Championship career summary

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Bill Holland participated in 2 World Championship races, finishing on the podium once and scoring 6 World Championship points.


He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2005.


Preceded by
Mauri Rose
Indianapolis 500 Winner
Succeeded by
Johnnie Parsons


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