Born on this day, Bill Holland, an American race car driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1949


Wednesday 18th December 1907

Born on this day, Bill Holland, an American race car driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1949. He nearly won as a rookie in 1947 but slowed and allowed teammate Mauri Rose to pass him seven laps from the end, mistakenly believing that Rose was a lap down. Holland was suspended from AAA Indy Car racing in 1951 for one year after competing in a three-lap Lion’s Charity race at Opa Locka, Florida which was a NASCAR event. The American Automobile Association, at the time the sanctioning body for Indycar races, had a strict rule forbidding its drivers from participating in any races other than their own, and would blacklist violators. Holland won the first ever automobile race at Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, PA) in July 1946.


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