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Ray Harroun
Birth: Jan. 12, 1879
Crawford County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1968
Madison County
Indiana, USA

Race Car Driver Pioneer. Born in in Spartansburg, Pennsylvania, he built his first car in 1905 and would race anyone who would challenge him. In 1910, Harroun accepted an offer from Howard C. Marmon to design and build a racing car to be driven by him in the first big event at the new speedway at Indianapolis, Indiana. Conventional cars at the time were constructed with two bucket-type seats. Harroun's car had a streamlined body, with only one seat for the driver and equipped with the auto industry first rear-view mirrors. Thus on May 30, 1911, Harroun driving his Marmon Speedster was the winner of the first Indianapolis 500. Shortly after the race, he retired from competing but remained in the automobile business as a consulting engineer and car designer. He died at age 89 in Anderson, Indiana, and was inducted into the Motor Sports hall of Fame in 2000. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
Family links: 
  Mary Alice Harroun (1911 - 1977)*
  Edith Frances Gulliford Harroun (1879 - 1962)*
  Richard Ray Harroun (1915 - 2011)*
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1879 - 1968
WINNER-1st. INDY 500-1911
Anderson Memorial Park
Madison County
Indiana, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 40.04567, -85.72227
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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The racing world owes you a sincere debt of gratitude for your accomplishment in winning the first Indy 500. I attended the 1961 Indy 500 where you made a ceremonial lap in your Marmon Wasp. I really got a thrill out of seeing you.
- Joseph Newcomb
 Added: Oct. 8, 2017
Remembering you on the anniversary of your passing. May you rest in peace and may God richly bless you.
- Jeffrey Maksymowski
 Added: Jan. 19, 2017

- Janis Coleman
 Added: Jan. 19, 2017
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