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  • Writer's pictureDavid Story

Cummins Diesel

Company founder Clessie Cummins was a member of the pit crew on the winning Marmon Wasp in the very first Indianapolis 500 in 1911. He was determined to see his Cummins diesel running at the Speedway. In 1931, He hired the Dusenberg brothers to build him a car for his diesel engine. The Cummins with driver Dale Evans and riding mechanic Thane Houser, qualified dead last, finished 13th and ran the entire race without a pit stop, consuming only 31 gallons of fuel.


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