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Ted Horn

TED HORN won important races on almost every track in operation during his career, except at Indianapolis. However, his Indianapolis 500 record is unequaled for consistency. He finished fourth or better in nine straight races beginning in 1936, placing second once, third four times, and fourth four times. He also was the pole position winner in 1947 and led the race in three different years for a total of 94 laps. He had virtually no equal on half-mile dirt tracks, winning more than 80 American Automobile Association sprint car races from 1936 through 1948, including 23 in 1948 alone. He also won the Central States Racing Association title for sprint cars in 1941 and 1945. He won five American Automobile Association National Championship races on one-mile dirt tracks in 1947 and 1948, and through a number of consistent finishes, scored enough points to win the American Automobile Association National Championship in 1946, 1947, and 1948. He had already won the title for the third consecutive year when he lost his life in an accident in the final race of the year at DuQuoin, Illinois, on October 10, 1948.