Sam Hanks

Samuel "Sam" Hanks ( born July 13, 1914 in Columbus, Ohio, † 27 June 1994 in Pacific Palisades, California ) was an American race car driver.


From the mid- 1930s was one of Hank 's most active and versatile pilots in the U.S., he played among others race with Midgets (small separation cars), touring cars and Champ Cars and won several local and national championships. In 1953 he won the prestigious AAA (American Automobile Association) Championship, which Vorvorgängerserie the CART series, among other things, with the third place finish at the Indianapolis 500 Also in the NASCAR League Hanks made ​​his name.

In 1956 he was runner-up in Indianapolis and capped his career with a victory in the Indy 500 in 1957, at a time when the race was also part of the Formula 1 World Championship. Even during the interviews with the winners, he announced his retirement from motor sport, but remained as a functionary still engaged in this sector. He died in 1994 shortly before his 80th birthday.


Grand Prix victories

Indy 500 Results

  • Formula 1 racer (United States)
  • Champ Car racer
  • NASCAR driver
  • Winner (Indianapolis 500)
  • Americans
  • Born in 1914
  • Died in 1994
  • Man