Johnny Mantz

John "Johnny" Mantz ( born September 18, 1918 in Hebron, Indiana, † 25 October 1972 in Ojai, California ) was an American race car driver.

Johnny Mantz started once in his career in a race for the world championship of Formula 1 He launched on 30 May 1953 with registration the 500 miles of Indianapolis - this race was one between 1950 and 1960 for the World Cup - and was ranked 17th He had to this place share with his fellow countryman Walt Faulkner ( change drivers were permitted at that time), the Kurtis Kraft 500A - Offenhauser he took over after 76 rounds ( 200 rounds total distance ).

Johnny Mantz denied 1950-1956 twelve NASCAR race. His only victory while he scored in his debut season at the first Southern 500 in Darlington.

Between 1948 and 1952, denied Mantz 17 races for AAA Championship (this is the previous series of USAC Championship ). Again, he was able to achieve a victory.

Mantz died in 1972 in a traffic accident.

Literature and sources

  • Rick Popely Indianapolis 500 Chronicle. Publications International Ltd.. , Lincolnwood IL 1998, ISBN 0-7853-2798-3.