We Have A Winner!

We have a winner…Actually, we have two winners. By 10:30 on the day that the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Trivia question was posted, I received an e-mail from Steven  Kilsdonk – a Wisconsin transplant that is actually living in Nashville now. I met Steven for the first time at Barber last year, then again this year. Steven answered  every single question correct. That worked for me, because I didn’t need to go over any more entries and I could save on the shipping of the Ron Burton racing prints. I could just meet him after work, hand them off and be done with it.

Oddly enough, when I emailed him that he had already won – he responded that he didn’t really want the prints or any prize. His satisfaction came from just knowing he had them all correct and he got them in first. He said to let someone else win the prints. He’s obviously not as superficial as I am. Then last year’s winner, "BillyTheSkink" submitted his entry. He got all correct except one, but he declared himself ineligible since he had already won – besides, he didn’t need another set of prints.

So there I sat all week long, going over entry after entry. Most had nearly all of them, but a few would either be left blank (why, I’m not sure) or incorrect. Then finally, there was a clear-cut winner. Well…not that clear-cut. I had two entries that missed two each. So I reverted to the time-stamp. It was between "Bryan Be" and "luckystrike 33t", but Bryan Be got his in at 3:55 am on Sat May 11, while luckystrike 33t didn’t get his in until 12:06 pm on Sunday May 12. So the two winners are Steven Kilsdonk for getting them all correct, but since he turned down the prize – Bryan Be – your prints will be shipped next week.

And by the way…I gave everyone Question 11. There seems to be some conflicting information out there. I recall Donald Davidson saying that Dario Resta was the first championship winner by points (non-retroactive) to win the Indianapolis 500 in the same year. However, since there is dispoute over that one – everyone gets credit (except those two that left it blank). On Question 2 – many people put Gary Bettenhausen which was incorrect. While Bettenhausen drove McLaren chassis while at Penske, he never drove for Team McLaren with Rutherford. The correct answer for Question 9 was George Stewart. While Jigger Sirois was named Leon Duray, I asked for the real name of the driver he was named for. Leon Duray’s real name was George Stewart. For Question 4, while Frank Kurtis built the roadster, it was Bill Vukovich who gave it the nickname "roadster". For Question 8, I’ll accept 1978 even though it was a Lola entered by Chaparral.

If you disagree with some of the answers and want to protest, well…sorry. So here are the official answers to this year’s Oilpressure.com Indianapolis Trivia Contest:

1. Rick Mears has won the pole at the Indianapolis 500 a record six times. Three drivers are tied for second with four poles each. Name the three drivers. Rex Mays, AJ Foyt and Helio Castroneves.

2. What driver was Mark Donohue’s teammate at Penske, then later Johnny Rutherford’s teammate at McLaren? David Hobbs

3. Legendary Chief Mechanic Jud Phillips had a career span in the Indianapolis 500 from 1950 to 1981. How many total teams did he work for in that time? Four

4. Who is generally credited with coining the phrase “roadster”? Bill Vukovich

5. Since Marlboro is no longer associated with Team Penske, Target is currently the longest continuous primary sponsor with the same team in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Which current team has the second longest partnership with a primary sponsor? AJ Foyt Enterprises/ABC Supply

6. Driver Cal Niday drove in the Indianapolis 500 with what limitation? He had only one leg

7. Grant King was known for building knock-off versions of successful cars, such as Coyotes, Eagles and McLarens. In the early seventies, his cars were known as a Kingfish. In the later seventies, his cars were called what? Dragons

8. Lola was the dominant chassis in IndyCar racing in the late eighties and early nineties. How many times has a Lola won the Indianapolis 500? Three times. Graham Hill in 1966, Al Unser in 1978 and Arie Luyendyk in 1990

9. What was the real name of the driver that Jigger Sirois was named after? George Stewart (Leon Duray)

10. When was the only time that two consecutive Italian-born drivers won the Indianapolis 500? Who were the drivers? 1915 Ralph de Palma & 1916 Dario Resta

11. Who was the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 and the season championship in the same season (not retroactively)? Dario Resta in 1916. (Matter of dispute. Everyone got credit.)

12. For various reasons, many drivers have won the Indianapolis 500 and not returned the following year to defend their crown. Who was the first winning driver to not return the following year? Ray Harroun (Retired)

13. What car number has won the most Indianapolis 500’s? How many times has it won? Car No.3 – Eleven wins.

14. Who was the last driver born in France to win the Indianapolis 500? Gil de Ferran

15. What driver won the Indianapolis 500 by leading the fewest laps? Dan Wheldon just led one lap – Lap 200 in 2011.

16. When was the first time the Indianapolis 500 was won on a last lap pass? 2006 – Sam Hornish passing Marco Andretti

17. When Tony Bettenhausen was fatally injured in practice for the 1961 Indianapolis 500, he was driving a car that had previously won the 500. Which race-winning car was he driving? Rodger Ward’s 1959 winner

18.  On three separate occasions, the Indianapolis 500 has been won by a rookie driver in consecutive years. Who are the drivers and the years they won? 1913 Jules Goux & 1914 René Thomas; 1926 Frank Lockhart & 1927 George Souders; 2000 Juan Montoya & 2001 Helio Castroneves

19. Who was the first diabetic driver to race in the Indianapolis 500? Howdy Wilcox II in 1932

20. Who are the only two drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 in three different decades? Bobby Unser – 1968, 1975, 1981; Rick Mears 1979, 1984, 1988, 1991

21. Roger Penske is the most successful primary car-owner in Indianapolis 500 history with a record fifteen wins. Who is currently second on that list, with how many victories? Lou Moore – Five wins

22. From 1947 to 1955, the traditional bottle of milk was not offered to the winner of the Indianapolis 500. What were the drivers offered to drink instead? Water from a silver cup with the inscription “Water From Wilbur”

23. What chassis manufacturer has recorded the highest number of Indianapolis 500 victories? Dallara – 12

24. What was the nickname that Wilbur Shaw gave his wife? Boots

25. On eight different occasions, the defending Indianapolis 500 champion finished second the following year after winning. Who was the last defending champion to do this? Helio Castroneves in 2003

26. Who are the five drivers who have won the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula One World Championship? Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi & Jacques Villeneuve

27. What year was Sid Collins named the Chief Announcer for the IMS Radio Network? 1952

28. There have been several sponsors of the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award over the years. Who was the original sponsor? Stark and Wetzel Meats

29. It is well-documented that a driver with the last name of Smith has never qualified for the Indianapolis 500. Who was the last Smith to attempt to qualify and in what year? Mark Smith in 1994

30. Al Unser is the all-time leader in laps led at the Indianapolis 500 with 644. Who is the leader among current drivers in laps led? Scott Dixon – currently thirteenth on the all-time list with 346 laps led

31. It is now popular to get a celebrity to drive the pace car at the start of the Indianapolis 500. Aside from AJ Foyt driving in the Centennial Race in 2011, when was the last time a former driver drove the pace car? 2008 – Emerson Fittipaldi

32. Who was the first rookie to qualify on the pole? Walt Faulkner in 1950

33. What was the last year that an artist other than Jim Nabors sang “Back Home Again in Indiana”? 1986 – John S. Davies, Indianapolis Opera

Tie Breaker: Legendary Chief Mechanic George Bignotti has seven Indianapolis 500 victories. Who were the drivers and in what years? 1961 AJ Foyt, 1964 AJ Foyt, 1966 Graham Hill, 1970 Al Unser, 1971 Al Unser, 1973 Gordon Johncock, 1983 Tom Sneva

Thanks to all who played.

George Phillips


9 Responses to “We Have A Winner!”

  1. Bryan Be Says:

    Thanks again George, although I am sort of “humbled” to find out that I didn’t REALLY win. However, I will still gladly accept praise and reward.

  2. Mike Silver Says:

    Great questions George. It was fun to play.

  3. You can’t win if you don’t enter! Congrats Bryan and enjoy the prints.

  4. Ron Ford Says:

    The “Water from Wilbur” cup and other Wilbur Shaw items will be auctioned off soon in Indianapolis.

    • I hate to hear that Ron. There are some things that should never be auctioned and kept away from the public and the “Water From Wilbur” cup is one of them. It should be forever on display at the IMS Museum for all of us to enjoy seeing and not on someone’s shelf. There is a picture of Vuky drinking from Shaw’s cup and he said it was the best moment ever.

  5. billytheskink Says:

    Great contest, George. Congratulations to Bryan Be and Bryan Be’s insomnia (3:55 AM!?), and to Steven and luckystrike 33t for their work.

    I hope everyone had as much fun as I did tracking down these answers, though I’m kicking myself for not reading deeper on the roadster question.
    You do a great job coming up with interesting and kinda tricky questions, George. I’d learn something new, even if I had not found the answer quite yet. I especially enjoyed learning about the “Water from Wilbur” cup, a tradition that I think would have been just as cool as the bottle of milk had it survived instead.

  6. Steven Kilsdonk Says:

    Thanks for posting the quiz George! Sorry to put you through so much extra work.

    I’m sure Donald Davidson would be horrified by how much of an aid Wikipedia was for finding answers.

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