Emil Andres
22/7/1911 - 20/7/1999


Drove relief in the 1935 indy 500, in 1936 went out at 467 miles, in 1938 he was forced out at 120 mile mark when he crashed in the second turn and a flying wheel hit and killed a spectator (Everett Spence) in the infield. in 1939 he went out at 55 miles with a broken water manifold and in 1940 he was flagged down after Shaw had won in the rain.

Qualified in 1941 at 122.266, However On the sixth lap, in a closely bunched field, the car driven by Louis Tomei, a front wheel drive machine, tried to pass some other cars and dropped below the white apron line on the inside of the track. Emil Andres was alongside Tomei's car and Joe Thorne was slightly behind. When Tomei went below the white line his tires cut into the dirt and shot the car back on the track. The wheels of the Tomei and Andres car locked and forced Andres into the wall. Prior to the race Andres car was in the garage when a fire broke out and his crew had to carry the car out piece by piece from the blazing building. The crew worked up to race time assembling the car having lost many special tools in the fire. To make matters worse the wrong fuel was put in the tank. The crew was going to start it anyway but was told it would blow up if they did. AAA officials threatened to start the race without Andres and he countered that if they did he would push the car into the middle of the track and leave it there. Meanwhile as his crew were siphoning off the wrong fuel and refilling it when the pace lap had started and Andres spent the entire pace lap catching up. After the wreck and on returning to the pits he refused an interview except to say he had been hit from behind.

Retained his links with the Indy 500 Oldtimers association right up until his death, being honorary chairman. He became a USAC and Champ Car official and in 1968, moved to Flossmoor where he farmed in his spare time. He died after a fall at his home.

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