Harry Lewis

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12 Dec 1895
Chicago, Illinois


06 Jul 1969
Bakersfield, California


United States

Indy 500s:

0 (1933-1934)

An aviator in his youth, he later became an army aviation instructor, and then raced on for over 20 years, before later becoming a car owner and builder, most notably for Ted Horn, who rated Lewis highly. Lewis designed and built a specifically custom-made sprint car for Horn. A qualified metalworker, Lewis built cars both pre and post-World War 2. Lewis, as a racer, was best at dirt track racing. Lewis also built a car for the inventor (and sometime racer) Thomas Noah Smith, a man who was a key developer in the rotary valve system, but Smith only raced it the once before ending his short career.

Biography last updated 12 Sep 2017