Sunday, May 11, 2014

Indy 500 - A Saucer for the Track

Frank Kurtis proposed this super-streamlined "racing saucer" for Chapman Root in 1955 and it appeared in the May 1955 issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine. Kurtis would go on to complete the car design, known as the Sumar Streamliner. The Streamliner generated 400hp.

In 1955 the Streamliner would be driven by Sam Hanks, Tony Bettenhausen and Jimmy Daywalt. Daywalt qualified at 139.416 mph. In 1956, Bob Sweikert, Cliff Griffith and Elmer George drove the car. That same year, Marshal Teague attempted to qualify the Streamliner for the Indy 500, but ran out of time. In 1959, Teague drove the car at Daytona International Speedway and reached a speed of 171.80 mph.

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