Harry McQuinn

Harry McQuinn. Copyright Dr. Brad Tinkle, 2020. Used with Permission.

Harry McQuinn. Copyright Dr. Brad Tinkle, 2020. Used with Permission.


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