|Born||October 22, 1917|
|Died||June 6, 1986 (aged 68)|
Redondo Beach, California
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1951, 1953-1954, 1956-1959|
|Teams||Kuzma, Kurtis Kraft, Lesovsky|
|Entries||7 (3 starts)|
|First entry||1951 Indianapolis 500|
|Last entry||1959 Indianapolis 500|
Tolan won 45 midget car races in 1946, and won the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association championship. Tolan repeated his championship in 1947, and scored 47 wins. He had 27 feature wins in 1948.
Tolan had a ritual at each midget racing event. He would smoke a cigarette during warmups. He would flip the cigarette toward the starting line on his first high speed lap. He believed that he would have a successful night if he hit the mark.
The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Johnnie Tolan participated in 3 World Championship races but scored no World Championship points.