Duane Carter

Full Name:
Duane Claude Carter
Born:
5th May 1913
Fresno, California
Died:
7th March 1993 (Aged 79)
Indianapolis, Indiana, cancer
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

"Pappy" to his friends, Duane Carter was an Indycar star during the 1950s despite only ever leading one race. He grew up riding his bicycle around the local Fresno board track, dreaming of becoming a racing driver. That started to become reality in midgets while attending the town’s State College and Carter competed as far away as New Zealand during the 1930s.

AAA National Championship

Track championship titles at Detroit (1940) and Cleveland (1942) followed before he stepped into the big time. That was in the 1948 Indianapolis 500 – the first of his 47 Indycar races that included an unbroken run of starts at Indy that lasted until 1955.

Although Carter would never win a race in the AAA National Championship (now IndyCar series) he was successful in sprint cars and won the 1950 Midwest title. Driving Pat Clancy’s Ewing-Offenhauser for the next couple of Indycar seasons, Carter finished third at Milwaukee in 1951 and at Raleigh and Milwaukee a year later.

Injury mars most successful campaign

But he also had his frightening moments – his car somersaulting at Du Quoin in 1951 after puncturing a tyre. Uninjured that day, he was not so lucky a year later. A consistent campaign so far meant Carter was second in the standings when the Indycar entourage assembled at Detroit’s dirt oval. However, he rolled during the closing stages of the race and broke his jaw and shoulder in the accident. He returned by the end of the season to clinch a career-best fourth in the standings.

The 1953 season included his only pole position (Detroit) and best finish in a championship race – second in the final round at Phoenix. He retired at Indy that year, but completed the race as Sam Hanks’ relief driver in the third-placed Bardahl Kurtis KK4000-Offy.

Latter career

Carter retired from racing after the 1955 season to become Competition Director for the newly formed United States Auto Club – a position he held until 1959. Replaced in the position by Henry Banks, Carter then returned to racing and continued to attempt to qualify at Indy until 1964.

Carter was married to Johnnie Parsons’ former wife, with whom he had three children including future Indycar drivers Pancho and Dana. Duane Carter Sr died in 1993 after battling cancer.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1963 USAC National Championship
Mickey Thompson
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1960 F1 World Championship
Jack R Ensley
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1960 USAC National Championship
Jack R Ensley
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
34th 50
1959 F1 World Championship
Smokey Yunick
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1959 USAC National Championship
Smokey Yunick
Doug Stearly
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
18th 310
1955 F1 World Championship
JC Agajanian
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1955 AAA National Championship
JC Agajanian
Dr RN Sabourin
George H Leitenberger
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
29th 112.9
1954 F1 World Championship
Eugene A Casaroll
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 1.5
1954 AAA National Championship
Eugene A Casaroll
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 293
1953 F1 World Championship
Murrell Belanger
Ed Walsh
1 0 1 0
0% win rate
13th 2
1953 AAA National Championship
Pete Salemi
Eugene A Casaroll
Lindsey Hopkins Racing
Ed Walsh
Murrell Belanger
6 1 2 0
0% win rate
14th 428.6
1952 F1 World Championship
Murrell Belanger
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 3
1952 AAA National Championship
Pat Clancy
Murrell Belanger
John Zink
6 0 2 0
0% win rate
4th 1250.4
1951 F1 World Championship
Rotary Engineering
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1951 AAA National Championship
Pat Clancy
Rotary Engineering
8 0 1 0
0% win rate
15th 505
1950 F1 World Championship
Murrell Belanger
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1950 AAA National Championship
Murrell Belanger
Grancor Automobile Specialists
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
45th 34.5
1949 AAA National Championship
Murrell Belanger
Neal's Rest
Cole
9 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 350
1948 AAA National Championship
Carl Marchese
Murrell Belanger
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
30th 120