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Lou Moore

LOU MOORE was the most successful car owner at Indianapolis until the arrival of Roger Penske decades later. Moore’s cars were victorious in five Indianapolis 500 races from 1938 through 1949. He had previously driven in nine Indianapolis 500 races, winning the pole in 1932 and leading laps in 1929 and 1932. He finished second in 1928 and was third in 1933 and 1934. He owned the car driven by Floyd Roberts that won in 1938. After World War II, Moore campaigned with the Blue Crown Spark Plug Specials in which Mauri Rose and Bill Holland dominated the Indianapolis 500 for three straight years beginning in 1947. Rose won in 1947 and 1948 with Holland second both times; Holland won in 1949 and finished second again in 1950. The Blue Crown team eventually expanded to four cars in 1950, which was very unusual at that time. Moore was a master strategist who chose to run his cars on aviation fuel (AV-gas) rather than alcohol, giving up speed for better mileage in an attempt to get his drivers through to 500 miles on one pit stop.