Harry McQuinn

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13 Dec 1905
Nineveh, Indiana


01 Jan 1986
Bloomington, Indiana


United States

Indy 500s:

10 (1934-1948)

Later became an USAC official and chief steward at Indianapolis. A fine midget driver, he was particularly strong at Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Louis. His best finish in his ten races at Indianapolis was seventh, which he achieved twice; once in 1938 and then again in 1941. McQuinn was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall Of Fame in 1986. McQuinn actually started his working life as a apprentice journalist at his local newspaper, the Indianapolis Star, before operating a dry cleaning business. A book on Harry's life and career, written by his great-grandson, was released in 2017, with noted Indianapolis historian, Donald Davidson, writing a foreword in Harry's memory. Harry's great-great grandson, Zachary, later raced in stock cars. McQuinn, who enjoyed finishing and boating, started racing in 1924, becoming a dirt track regular before switching to midget racing and also taking part in the Indianapolis 500 annually. Harry then worked as a race official for twenty years, starting in 1949, but also flew planes and was a reserve pilot in World War Two. Harry's father was a racing engineer who ran an auto shop in Indianapolis and those links helped Harry when he took up racing himself.

Biography last updated 5 Feb 2018