Highlights from the 20th running of the Indianapolis 500
RACE: 20th Indianapolis 500
DATE: May 30, 1932
WINNER: Fred Frame, Harry Hartz
AVERAGE SPEED: 104.144 mph
WHAT HAPPENED: The hard-luck 1931 runner-up made an incredible comeback in 1932. On a day 26 of 40 cars were eliminated in crashes or as a result of mechanical failure, Frame drove his car from the No. 27 starting spot into the lead on Lap 152 and held on for the second-closest victory in race history, 43.69 seconds over rookie Howdy Wilcox II. Only two other drivers have come from that far back to win in 500 history, and Frame did it with a record average speed, too.
NOTABLE: Frame's winning time of 4 hours, 48 minutes, 3.79 seconds was almost 10 minutes faster than Billy Arnold's previous record for the full 500 miles. Arnold, the 1930 winner, qualified second but was knocked out in a crash after completing 59 laps and finished 31st in his final 500 start. Riding mechanic Harry Cox and driver Milton Jones were both killed from injuries sustained in crashes during practice that May.