Myron Fohr

17/6/1912 - 14/1/1994

Myron Fohr
Raced Indy Cars between 1947 and 1951. He had two wins in 1948 at Milwaukee and Springfield, and two in '49, Milwaukee and Trenton. Myron Fohr died 28 years ago, he was 82

Born in Milwaukee, Wiscons, Myron Fohr raced Indy Cars between 1947 and 1951 in the AAA National Championship.

Driving a Marchese Offy in 1948, he failed to qualify for Indy. However he took pole on the dirt oval at Milwaukee on August 15th but only finished 7th. A week later he was on pole again at Springfield, this time finishing 3rd. A week later back at Milwaukee for the Milwaukee 200. He qualified 3rd but this time won the race at a speed of 86.73, with some relief help from Tony Bettenhausen. Two seconds followed at DuQuoin and Lakewood before he took another win in the 100 mile AAA Championship race on the 1 mile dirt oval at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Springfield on September 19th. Fohr averaged 88.69 mph. He ended the season on 1159 points finishing 2nd in the AAA National Championship to posthumous champion, Ted Horn.

In 1949 he qualified for the Indy 500 in 13th spot. In the race he moved up to cross the line in 4th. He then took back to back wins, the first on June 5th in the Milwaukee 100 at West Allis, finishing ahead of Emil Andres and Mack Hellings. Fourth was the strange six-wheeled Clancy/Offenhauser, built from Kurtis-Kraft midget parts, and driven by Jackie Holmes. His next win was two weeks later in the first AAA Championship race on the 1-mile dirt oval at Trenton. He won an unsanctioned Stock Car race at the Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, on July 10th.

By 1950 he was racing less. He qualified for Indy and finished 11th in a year when he only ran another three times, all without finishing. That year he also drove in the AAA Stock Car Championship taking a win on the Milwaukee Mile at West Allis on July 9th in a 1949 Lincoln.

In 1951 he failed to make the grid at Indy and after another DNQ at Milwaukee he retired.

He died from complications caused by diabetes in 1994.



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