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1952 Kurtis Kraft 4000 Recalls one of Indy’s Darkest Days – and One of its Most Controversial Drivers

Posted May 08, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

In five starts at the Indianapolis 500, racer Ed Elisian never finished higher than 18th. It was his second Indy 500, in 1955, behind the wheel of the 1952 Kurtis Kraft 4000 sponsored by Westwood Gage & Tool, that some believe shaped his tragic and macabre career, after witnessing the death of his friend and idol, Bill Vukovich. One of fewer than 15 examples built, the KK4000 driven by Elisian at Indy in 1955 crosses the auction stage on May 19, part of Mecum’s 2018 Indianapolis sale.

Technically speaking, Elisian didn’t even qualify the number 68 KK4000 at Indy in 1955 – at least not before the final gun sounded on Bubble Day. Looking to bump Len Duncan from his spot on the bubble, Elisian took to the track at 5:50 p.m., with ample time left to qualify. At the end of his second warmup lap – of the three allowed – the driver was given a red flag by an official who’d miscounted the laps.

A truly unique racer that lives with Indy 500 fame.

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