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SHAW, WILBUR: 1902-1954.

Wilbur Shaw , born in Shelbyville, Ind., on Oct. 31, 1902, was the son of James and Etta Mac King Shaw. He lived in Greensburg, Ind., for several years and later moved to Indianapolis . He attended Arsenal Technical High School but withdrew during World War I. He held varied positions in Indianapolis and Detroit before becoming a professional race driver in 1923. His first wife was Bea Patrick whom he married in 1926. On March 23, 1929, he wed Cathleen Stearns.

Shaw won the Indianapolis "500" in 1937, 1939, and 1940; finished in second place three times; and was national driving champion, 1937 and 1939. He was instrumental in persuading Tony Hulman to purchase the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and served as its president and general manager from 1945 until 1954. During World War II Shaw was head of the aircraft tire division of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. En route from Michigan to Indianapolis on Oct. 30, 1954, he was killed in a plane crash near Fort Wayne .

Information from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation.

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