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Mauri Rose (May 26, 1906 Columbus, Ohio - January 1, 1981 Royal Oak, Michigan) was an American racecar driver.

He started from the pole position driving a Maserati in the 1941 Indianapolis 500, but spark plug problems put him out of the race after sixty laps. He then took over the Wetteroth/Offenhauser car being driven by Floyd Davis that had started in 17th place and won the race. In 1947 and 1948, Rose captured back-to-back Indy 500's driving a Deidt/Offenhauser.

Mauri Rose made his fifteenth and final Indianapolis 500 start in the 1951 race. Knocked out from an accident after 126 laps, the forty-five-year-old Rose retired to a home in California. For the 1967 race, officials of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway invited him to drive the Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car.

While his career in racing was filled with success, Rose considered his most important accomplishment to be his invention of a device that made it possible for amputees to drive an automobile.

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Indy 500 results

Year[1] Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1933 3 42 117.649 6 35 48 0 Timing gears
1934 9 4 116.044 7 2 200 68 Running
1935 2 10 116.470 9 20 103 0 Studs
1936 36 30 113.890 21 4 200 0 Running
1937 1 8 118.540 19 18 127 0 Oil line
1938 27 9 119.796 20 13 165 0 Supercharger
1939 16 8 124.896 13 8 200 0 Running
1940 7 3 125.624 3 3 200 5 Running
1941 3 1 128.691 1 26 60 6 Spark plugs
  16 17 121.106 25 1 128 39 Running
1946 8 9 124.065 10 23 40 8 Crash T3
1947 27 3 120.040 20 1 200 34 Running
1948 3 3 129.129 4 1 200 81 Running
1949 3 10 127.759 19 13 192 0 Magneto strap
1950 31 3 132.319 6 3 137 15 Running
1951 16 5 133.422 18 14 126 0 Crash T4
Totals 2326 256
Starts 15
Poles 1
Front Row 5
Wins 3
Top 5 6
Top 10 7
Retired 8

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. Mauri Rose participated in 2 World Championship races. He finished on the podium once and scored 4 World Championship points.

Awards

References

  1. ^ Mauri Rose Indy 500 Race Stats [1]
Preceded by
Wilbur Shaw
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1941
Succeeded by
George Robson
Preceded by
George Robson
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1947-1948
Succeeded by
Bill Holland
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