Friday, May 27, 2011

Profile: Mauri Rose

With the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500 this weekend, this seems more than appropriate. And yes, Rose never missed a day of work at the aforementioned plant, race or no race.

Rose was suggested by Russell from Rochester, NY and Brad from Hillsborough, NJ.


  1. Interestingly, many other sites note that Mauri was always kind of "coy" about his Jewishness and few if any sources actually officially list him as the first (and I believe only to date) Jewish Indy 500 winner (the recently profiled Jody Scheckter's son Tomas did come close one year).

    Not sure if this would lower the score any, but I thought interesting to note.

  2. He did get put into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, so though I've seen those articles and sources as well, that probably settles it.

  3. I've always wondered if Sarah Fisher (young women who recently retired from racing at the young age of 30 but ran Indy races briefly before Danica Patrick in her late teens onward, though never finished as high so Danica is considered more the "pioneer") is Jewish or at least one Jewish parent.

    Ironically, comes from the same hometown as Mauri (Columbus, OH, though not exactly a 'hotbed' of Judaism). Mother has a suspect first name, Reba and was a middle school teacher (though country singer Reba McIntyre certainly isn't Jewish). Father was an engineer who ran the family business.

    She was married in a Catholic ceremony, but even the guy who ran the Jewhoo site a few years ago wondered if she was "coy" a la Mauri or at least "part Jewish" but never was able to figure it out. Just thought I'd put it out there.

  4. Sarah Fisher's maternal grandmother certainly wasn't Jewish...

    I doubt very much papa Fisher is either.