Bardowski Indy 500
WARHERO Favorite Of Fans In 500-Mile Gas Derby Decoration Day. Bardowski Purchased Car With. Money Saved While Prisoner Of Japs. Indianapolis, May 19 (AP) It lakes no poll of the fans to name the popular favorite to win the 500- mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 30. Zenon (Bud) Bardowski of Gary, Ind., much-decorated hero of Cor- regidor, received a thunderous ova tion at the track today although he was merely taking a driver's test. The 31-year-old blondish veteran bought his semistock car with Army pay that accumulated for three and one-half years while he was a prisoner of the Japanese. If that wasn't enough to put the crowd behind him, there was the added fillip of his marriage two weeks ago to pretty Raye Badanish of Gary. Rain and a stiff south wind pre vented qualification runs today and some 35,000 spectators saw only a few test spins for their half-dollar tickets. The speedway announced two extra days for qualifications tomorrow and Wednesday In addition to the scheduled trials May 25, 26 and 28. The first six spots were filled yesterday, with Cliff Bergere of Indianapolis on the pole with an average of 126.471 miles an hour. OTHERS ARE LISTED. Paul Russo of Kenosha, Wis., won second place in, the starting lineup and Sam Hanks of Los An geles qualified for the outside spot in the front row. In the second row will be Hal Cole of South Gate Calif., Jimmy Jackson of Palm Springs, Calif., and Louis Durant of Los Angeles. . Bardowski, a 6-foot, 200-pounder, had been a member of the 192nd Tank Battalion, but he was firing a .50 caliber machine gun when the Japs swarmed over Corregidor. He was bayoneted in the right thigh in the showdown fight and gets an Army pension for 40 per cent disability. Bud has the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, with one cluster, and the Purple Heart with three clusters. He operated a grocery and meat market in Gary before the war, but his hobby was dirt track auto racing and he ran on most of the Midwestern tracks. MORE TESTS AHEAD. Coming to the Indianapolis bricks for the first time, he has to prove to the AAU and Drivers' Commit tee that he can handle a car on the track. He has satisfied them that he can drive up to 105 miles an hour but still must take tests at 110 and 115 miles an hour. The car Bardowski hopes to start on Memorial JJay iormeriy was owned by Carl Magnee and Ted Nowiak of Detroit. It has a Stude-baker block with a Buick head and has been raced by Ira Hall of Terre Haute, Ind. An experiment with auxiliary rocket power on a racing automo bile at the Indianapolis Speedway Tuesday will be the outgrowth of German tests in 1921 that were suppressed because they might have tipped off German plans for military rockets. Duke Nalon of Beverly Hills, Calif., who will drive the rocket-boosted car, said today he became interested in the possibilities of the boosters through talking to Mrs. Fritz von Opel, whose hus band conducted the German rocket car tests.