Ted Horn... Born ... AAA driver from the 1930's and 40's. Ted Horn has the best 9-year streak of finishes in Indianapolis 500 history. Over his Indianapolis 500 career, Ted Horn completed 1944 out of a possible 2000 laps (97%).
Ralph DePalma won the featured 50 mile AAA Championship race on the 1.25 mile Los Angeles Motor Speedway board track. DePalma averaged 107.39 mph at the wheel of a Ballot. DePalma, Roscoe Sarles, Jimmy Murphy and Tommy Milton won earlier 25 mile races.
Richard Petty overcame a day filled with tire problems to win the Daytona 500. Chunks from disintegrating tires shattered the windshields of top contenders Curtis Turner, Dick Hutcherson and Marvin Panch, knocking them out. Petty's Plymouth was in front when a heavy rain forced the race to be flagged two laps early. Petty became the first repeat winner of the 500.