A successful midget and IndyCar racer, Russo is a confusing part of F1 stats as his results seem, at first glance, differ from his points score. That’s because his best finish, a 2nd place in the 1955 Indy 500 was achieved as a relief-driver to Tony Bettenhausen. The Indy 500 being a round for the Formula 1 World Championship in those days, he got awarded half of the points for this result and full points on his sole drive to 4th in 1957. Later Paul Russo worked as an accessory rep in Indianapolis and, while attending the 1976 Daytona 500, died from a heart attack.
Born: 10th of April 1914 in Kenosha, USA.
Died: 13th of February 1976 in Daytona, USA.