Johnny McDowell

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Johnny McDowell
BornJohn M. McDowell
(1915-01-29)January 29, 1915
Delavan, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJune 8, 1952(1952-06-08) (aged 37)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19501952
TeamsKurtis Kraft, Maserati
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1952 Indianapolis 500

Johnny McDowell (January 29, 1915 – June 8, 1952) was an American racecar driver from Delavan, Illinois. He died in a qualifying crash at the Milwaukee Mile the week after the 1952 Indy 500.

Racing career[edit]

McDowell was raised in Pasadena, California, he began racing cars at Legion Ascot Speedway in 1934. He later moved on to the independent circuits in the Northwestern United States, he then moved to the CSRA circuit based in Ohio. He had his first experience at the Indianapolis 500 as a riding mechanic for Frank Wearne in 1937.[1] McDowell raced against top midget car drivers at Gilmore Stadium in 1939, he held the points lead until September, and he finished second in the points behind Bob Swanson. He won thirteen features at the track, and is ninth on the track's all-time win list. McDowell finished second in the AAA West Coast midget car points standings in 1947, he also won the 1947 Turkey Night Grand Prix.

McDowell moved to the Midwestern United States in 1948, he won at least eight AAA midget car features, and won the 1948 Soldier Field title.

McDowell competed in the 1949 to 1952 Indianapolis 500 races, he was killed at the Champ Car race at the Milwaukee Mile on June 8, 1952 at age 37.

Career awards[edit]

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

World Championship career summary[edit]

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. Johnny McDowell participated in 3 World Championship races but scored no World Championship points.


  1. ^ a b "Johnny McDowell". National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.

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