Johnny Hannon

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09 Nov 1908
Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania


21 May 1935
Indianapolis, Indiana


United States

Indy 500s:

0 (1935)

Killed during qualifying for the Indy 500. Hannon was also a musician, furniture store worker, a radiator manufacturer for cars and planes and a truck driver before finally making it as a racing driver. Name was originally Hrankey, as he was of Hungarian descent. In just two years of racing in AAA events on the East Coast, he won eighteen times and was leading the series when he died. Although born in the US, he moved to Germany when he was two, and when he moved back to the US in 1919, he spoke little English. Hannon, who was quite brilliant in sprint cars, also spent some time as a boxer.

Biography last updated 12 Aug 2015