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Cecil Green : biography

September 30, 1919 - July 29, 1951

Cecil Green (né Judge Cecil Holt; September 30, 1919 – July 29, 1951) was an American racecar driver from Dallas, Texas.

World Championship career summary

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. Cecil Green participated in 2 World Championship races. He started on the pole 0 times, won 0 races, set 0 fastest laps, and finished on the podium 0 times. He accumulated a total of 3 championship points.

Racing career

Green won 34 races between 1948 and 1950 in Oklahoma and Missouri, and bunch more in Texas. He won the 1949 Oklahoma City and Southwest AAA titles. He won in seven different Offenhauser cars. Green place fourth in his first Indianapolis 500 in 1950. He finished 22nd in the 1951 Indianapolis 500.

He died in a qualifying crash at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana in 1951, which became known as "Black Sunday". Green was a World War II veteran, having enlisted in the United States Army in Houston in April of 1942. At that time he was a married man residing at an unincorporated section of Harris County - the same county where the Houston metropolitan area lays. In the United States Army Green reached the rank of corporal, becoming a Fifth Grade Technician in the Ordnance Department.

Career award

  • Green was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.

Indy 500 results

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1950 54 12 132.910 2 4 137 0 Running
1951 4 10 131.892 32 22 80 5 Rod
Totals 217 5
Starts 2
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 1
Top 10 1
Retired 1
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