Official Program of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 27th 500 Mile International Sweepstakes Race, May 30, 1939

Summary

The twenty-seventh Indianapolis 500 was held on May 30, 1939. It produced the second of three Indy wins for Wilbur Shaw, who would later serve as president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. George Bailey drove the first rear-engine car to compete in the 500. The race was marred by the death of 1938 winner Floyd Roberts in an accident on lap 109.

The twenty-seventh Indianapolis 500 was held on May 30, 1939. It produced the second of three Indy wins for Wilbur Shaw, who would later serve as president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. George Bailey drove the first rear-engine car to compete in the 500. The race was marred by the death of 1938 winner Floyd Roberts in an accident on lap 109.

Artifact

Program (Document)

Date Made

1939

Subject Date

30 May 1939

Creators

Unknown

Creator Notes

The publisher is unidentified.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

92.150.9652

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Family of Henry Austin Clark, Jr.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 11 in

Width: 8.5 in

Thickness: .188 in

Inscriptions

Printed on front cover: Official PROGRAM / 27TH / INTERNATIONAL / 500 MILE RACE / MAY 30 / 1939 / INDIANAPOLIS / MOTOR SPEEDWAY / CORPORATION / 25c PAY NO MORE

Connect 3

Discover curious connections between artifacts.

Learn More