IRL: Indianapolis 500 veteran Mauro dies at 91

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 -- John B. Mauro, who drove in the 1948 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, entered in five others and later drove classic passenger cars from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum in the 500 Festival ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 -- John B. Mauro, who drove in the 1948 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, entered in five others and later drove classic passenger cars from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum in the 500 Festival Parade, was killed in an automobile accident Jan. 23 in the Denver area. He was 91.

Mauro, a resident of Lakewood, Colo., first came to the Speedway in 1947, took part of his rookie test but did not qualify for the race.

He returned with an outdated Miller in 1948. He then took over the wheel of an Alfa Romeo entered by Milt Marion. Mauro purchased the car and qualified it 27th, then drove it to eighth place with relief help from Lewis Durant. Marion was the chief mechanic.

Mauro brought the car back to the Speedway in 1949 and 1950. In '49, he made two qualifying attempts and then turned the car over to Tony Bettenhausen, who also failed to make the field with the car.

Mauro skipped the 1951 race, but then was back at the track in 1952. He purchased one the Ferraris brought to the Speedway. Alberto Ascari qualified the factory car, but the other three failed to make the race.

The car later was raced in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Mauro finished second in the 1951 race up Pikes Peak and was one of the inaugural inductees into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Both Mauro's Alfa Romeo and Ferrari are on display in the Speedway's Hall of Museum.

After he retired from competition, Mauro returned to Indy each May and for several years would drive one of the Duesenbergs or other classic cars from the Museum in the downtown parade the day before the race. Speedway family members or officials would ride in the cars.

Mauro's survivors include his daughter, Arlene Lammers; brother, Charles; sister Marie Daniels; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Jan. 28 in St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Denver.

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Series IndyCar , General , USAC
Drivers Alberto Ascari
Article type Obituary