1955 Duane Carter Race Used Agajanian Indianapolis 500 Cromwell Helmet

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1955 Duane Carter Race Used Agajanian Indianapolis 500 Cromwell Helmet

Duane Carter was born in California and raced at the Indianapolis 500 a total of 11 times. His son Pancho Carter also raced for years, as well as Johnny Parson’s Jr., who Duane would help raise. Duane’s grandsons Cole and Dane also raced and are currently spotters in the IndyCar Series.

This very rare 1950’s Cromwell helmet was used over several years by Carter and can be seen in photos from the 1955 Indianapolis 500. He would drive the beautiful Agajanian Kuzma Roadster to 11th place that year.

1950’s memorabilia is very rare and hardly ever comes up for sale, so don’t hesitate to add this wonderful piece of IndyCar history to your collection today.

The helmet comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity.

Career Overview:

Midget Cars

Carter started racing midgets at the 1/5 mile dirt track in the west side of Fresno while attending Fresno State University. He was one of six drivers who went to Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand in 1937. He was a consistent winner on the Nutley board track in 1939. He won the 1940 Detroit VFW Motor Speedway title, the 1942 championship at Sportsman Park in Cleveland. He captured a 500 mile victory in his midget car at the 1947 Los Angeles Coliseum Motordome after Danny Oakes was initially declared the winner.


Carter made one start in the sport’s premier Nascar Series. He would finish 7th in a 1950 event held at Dayton Speedway.

Indy Cars

He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1948-1955, 1959-1960, and 1963 seasons with 47 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in each season. He finished in the top ten 23 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in 1953 at Phoenix.

USAC director

He retired from competition in 1956 to take the Competition Director position for USAC. He returned to competition in 1959 after Henry Banks took over the position.