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Johnny Mantz

Racecar driver from United States of America

Johnny Mantz (September 18, 1918 Hebron, Indiana– October 25, 1972) was an American racecar driver. He made 17 starts in the AAA Championship Car series from 1948 to 1952, capturing a victory in his rookie season at the Milwaukee Mile as well as winning the Indianapolis Sweepstakes at Williams Grove Speedway. He was the first USAC Stock Car national champ in 1956. Mantz also made 12 NASCAR Grand National starts from 1950–1951 and 1955-1956. He won in his third NASCAR race, the first Southern 500 held at Darlington Raceway. Mantz' Plymouth was the race's slowest qualifier, but because he qualified on the 9th of 15 days of time trials, he started 43d in the 75 car field. Mantz fitted truck tires which did not wear quickly or blow out, while his competitors had to stop often to pit for new tires. It was his only NASCAR win. As of 2010, the speedway presents the Johnny Mantz trophy to the winner of the Southern 500, now held each May on the evening before Mother's Day. He died at 54 years old in a fatal car accident near Ojai, California. The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1918-09-18
Place of birth
Hebron
Nationality
United States of America
Profession
Racecar driver

Death

Date of death
1972-10-25
Cause of death
Traffic collision
Place of death
Ojai

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