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Wilbur Shaw

Three times the checkered flag signaled another Wilbur Shaw victory at the Indianapolis Speedway and 14 times Shaw waved the checkered flag over Soap Box Derby winners at Akron's Derby Downs. Raised in Shelbyville, Ind., a 30 minute drive from the Memorial Day 500 miler, Shaw got into racing at 18. Via Ohio, Indiana and Illinois tracks he got to Indianapolis the first time seven years later (1927).With the exception of 1929 he raced there every year through 1941 - he won in 1937 and then captured back-to-back victories in 1939 and '40 - the first time it had ever been done. For six years (1939-45) Shaw lived in Akron while employed by The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company where he became enthusiastically attached to the Soap Box Derby. When he died in a private plane crash in October, 1954 he had been president of the Indianapolis Speedway for nine years

Inducted 1961 | Automobile Racing