Lora Corum

Full Name:
Lora Lawrence "Slim" Corum
Born:
8th January 1899
Jonesville, Indiana
Died:
5th March 1949 (Aged 50)
Indianapolis, Indiana, suicide
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

"Slim" Corum was an engineer who also raced in the Indianapolis 500 on 10 occasions and shared the winning car in 1924.

Engineering career

He was an associate of the Chevrolet brothers’ Frontenac concern during the early-1920s and instrumental in developing the low-cost Fronty-Ford. He moved to Duesenberg in 1924 and Stutz six years later before seeing out his engineering career with General Motors.

L.L.Corum, the racing driver

However, 1924 aside, Corum’s racing career was less than spectacular. He crashed a Frontenac at Uniontown on his board track debut in 1920 and it was a similar story practising at Indianapolis a year later. "His exhibition of driving in a crisis brought cheers from the stands" reported the New York Times but he did not start.

A retiree from the 1922 Indy 500, his performance with the Barber-Warnock Special in 1923 drew national attention and further cheers. The car was a low-budget creation from the Chevrolets based on Model T Ford parts. Corum finished fifth and completed the 500 miles without changing a tyre.

Indianapolis 500 winner with some help

His 1924 move to Duesenberg’s engineering staff coincided with inclusion in its four-car team for that year’s Indy 500. Corum was running fourth when he pitted for the only time on lap 107. Team-mate and early leader Joe Boyer had been delayed and he took over Corum’s car – reducing the 2min30sec deficit and winning when Earl Cooper suffered late tyre troubles.

Although the winners of 1911, 1912 and 1923 were all aided by relief drivers, this was the first time that the Speedway announced co-winners of the race and the faces of both L.L.Corum and Joe Boyer thus grace the Borg Warner Trophy.

Further success for Corum was confined to the role of relief driver – both Ralph de Palma (seventh in 1925) and Fred Winnai (fifth in 1929) were assisted by Corum. His last start in his own right was in 1933 when 12th with a Rigling-Studebaker.

Somewhat shy, Corum later fell ill and eventually committed suicide in 1949 after a lengthy period when incapacitated.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1933 AAA National Championship
Studebaker Corp
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1931 AAA National Championship
George N Howie
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1930 AAA National Championship
Milton Jones
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
26th 50
1929 AAA National Championship
AS Duesenberg
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
27th 2
1927 AAA National Championship
Fred Lecklider
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1926 AAA National Championship
Albert Schmidt
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1925 AAA National Championship
Bancroft & Pope
Ralph de Palma
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
22nd 25
1924 AAA National Championship
Duesenberg Bros
3 0 1 1
34% win rate
7th 570
1923 AAA National Championship
Barber-Warnock
Mercedes
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 90
1922 AAA National Championship
William Small
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1920 AAA National Championship 1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0