1950s Kuzma champ dirt car displayed on Concourse B
INDIANAPOLIS – The latest in a lineup of classic racing cars greeting passengers at the
Indianapolis International Airport (IND) has arrived. The Dowgard Special #2, from the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, is on display on Concourse B near the
exit to Civic Plaza.
According to the museum, other than the Indianapolis 500, virtually all National
Championship races held between the early 1930s and the late 1950s were dirt track "100-
milers," the popular events still counting toward the national title as late as 1970. These
dual-purpose, solidly built cars won the 500 in 1950, '51 and '52, and were still in the
lineup as late as 1956.
The car on display at IND was built in 1958-59 by Eddie Kuzma. Owned by Lindsey
Hopkins, it was driven on one-mile tracks by Jim Rathmann, Ed Elisian, Bobby Grim, Jimmy
McElreath, and two-time National Champion Tony Bettenhausen, who won with it at
Phoenix in 1959.
It became known as "The Grey Ghost" after a rush repair job in 1962 led to an appearance
at a track in gray primer.
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Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport, Indianapolis Regional Airport, and
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leader within its class, including best airport in North America in 2010, 2012, and 2013 in
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