Midget Car Monday - Duane Carter

Duane Carter... an American racecar driver. During his career he 
raced midget cars, sprint cars, and Indy cars. Carter started 
racing midgets at the 1/5 mile dirt track in the west side of 
Fresno while attending Fresno State University. He was one
of six drivers who went to Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand in 1937.

He was a consistent winner on the Nutley board track in 1939 
and also won the 1940 Detroit VFW Motor Speedway title, 
the 1942 championship at Sportsman Park in Cleveland. 

He captured a 500 lap victory in his midget car at the 1947 
Los Angeles Coliseum Motordome after Danny Oakes 
was initially declared the winner.

He also was co-founder of the United States Auto Club
after the American Automobile Association pulled out of racing in 1955.

He included 11 starts in the Indianapolis 500, his best performance as a starter at IndyCar Races was in 1952, when he drove the Belanger Motors Special to a fourth-place finish.
He was third in 1953 as a relief driver for Sam Hanks. He drove in the race for the last time in 1963 at the age of 50. His son... Pancho, also was a racing driver who was named rookie of the year at the Indianapolis 500 in 1974.

Duane Carter
May 5, 1913 Fresno, California – March 7, 1993 Indianapolis, Indiana

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