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1961 Indianapolis 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 2 of 12
Tuesday, May 30, 1961 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:35:37
Average Speed: 139.13 mph
Pole Speed: 147.481 mph
Cautions: n/a
Margin of Victory: 8.28 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 21

Glossary    1961 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1961 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 71   A.J. Foyt Bowes Seal-Fast   (George Bignotti)Trevis / Offy200117,975running711000
2 112   Eddie Sachs Dean Van Lines   (Al Dean)Ewing / Offy20053,400running44800
3 42   Rodger Ward Del Webb's Sun City   (Bob Wilke)Watson / Offy20026,500running7700
4187   Shorty Templeman Bill Forbes Racing   (Bill Forbes)Meskowski / Offy20016,025running0600
52619   Al Keller Konstant Hot   (Bruce Homeyer)Phillips / Offy20013,725running0500
22 399   Jim Hurtubise Norm DemlerEpperly / Offy10210,410piston35 
12 598   Parnelli Jones Willard Battery   (J.C. Agajanian)Watson / Offy19210,350running2750
62818   Chuck Stevenson Metal-Cal   (George Salih)Epperly / Offy2009,875running0400
73331   Bobby Marshman Hoover Motor Express   (John Wills)Epperly / Offy2009,550running0300
8255   Lloyd Ruby Autolite   (Lindsey Hopkins)Epperly / Offy2008,750running0250
103234   Norm Hall Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy2008,250running0150
91317   Jack Brabham Cooper Climax   (Surbiton)Cooper / Climax2007,250running0200
202252   Troy Ruttman Trackburner   (John Zink)Watson / Offy1056,970clutch10 
111528   Gene Hartley John ChalikTrevis / Offy1985,820running0100
252145   Jack Turner Bardahl   (Fred Gerhardt)Kurtis / Offy525,720crash0 
13 697   Dick Rathman Jim RobbinsWatson / Offy1645,580fuel pump0 
30114   Jim Rathmann SimonizWatson / Offy485,270magneto6 
141710   Paul Goldsmith Racing AssociatesLesovsky / Offy1605,210connecting rod0 
33 23   Don Branson Hoover Motor Express   (John Wills)Epperly / Offy25,080valve0 
151215   Wayne Weiler Coral Harbor   (Lindsey Hopkins)Watson / Offy1475,040wheel bearing0 
292783   Don Davis Dart-KartTrevis / Offy494,950crash0 
163135   Dempsey Wilson Lysle GreenmanKuzma / Offy1454,920fuel pump0 
312355   Jimmy Daywalt Schulz Feuling Equipment   (Ollie Prather)Kurtis / Offy274,890brake line0 
171632   Bob Christie North Electric   (William Tucker)Kurtis / Offy1324,850piston0 
243026   Cliff Griffith McCullough   (Edgar Elder)Elder / Offy554,750piston0 
181033   Eddie Johnson Jim RobbinsKuzma / Offy1274,730crash0 
272922   Roger McCluskey Racing AssociatesMoore / Offy514,710crash0 
322416   Bobby Grim Thompson Industries   (Ansted-Thompson Racing)Watson / Offy264,660piston0 
19 88   Len Sutton Bryant Heating & Cooling   (Pete Salemi)Watson / Offy1104,650clutch0 
212041   Johnny Boyd Leader Card   (Bob Wilke)Watson / Offy1054,650clutch0 
231986   Ebb Rose Meyer Speedway   (Racing Associates)Porter / Offy934,530connecting rod0 
261473   A.J. Shepherd Travelon Trailer   (Ernest Ruiz)Christensen / Offy514,440crash0 
28 914   Bill Cheesbourg Dean Van Lines   (Al Dean)Kuzma / Offy504,430crash0 

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Paul Russo21Bryant Heating & Cooling
Bud Tingelstad54Dean Van Lines
Duane Carter61, 94Roy, McCullough
Chuck Arnold62Denver-Chicago Trucking
Russ Congdon69Eelco Custom Shaft
Dick Rathman75Paxton Products
Leon Clum77Dayton Steel Foundry
Mike Magill82San Diego Steel Products
Jack Ensley84Ansted-Thompson
Don Davis85Federal Engineering
Chuck Weyant88Drewry's
Chuck Rodee89Dunn Engineering
Danny Jones47Joe Hunt Magneto
Jack Rounds44, 87Schmidt, M.P.C.
Bob Cleberg6Bell Lines Trucking
Bob Veith23, 25, 44, 85
Bert Brooks79Hall-Mar
Norm Hall92, 88Concannon Car Co. Flying, Drewry's
Don Freeland47, 27Joe Hunt Magneto, Chapman
Lloyd Ruby9Kelso Auto Dynamics
Cotton Farmer23Bardahl
Tony Bettenhausen24Stearly Motor Freight
Jim McWithey29Hart Fullerton
Chuck Hulse37Tassi Vatis
Ronnie Duman43Ray Brady
Ray Crawford94McCullough

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Jim Hurtubise13535
  Jim Rathmann36416
  Parnelli Jones42443
  Eddie Sachs45517
  Parnelli Jones527524
  A.J. Foyt76838
  Troy Ruttman84885
  A.J. Foyt89891
  Troy Ruttman90945
  A.J. Foyt9512430
  Eddie Sachs12513713
  A.J. Foyt1381381
  Eddie Sachs1391413
  A.J. Foyt1421465
  Eddie Sachs1471515
  A.J. Foyt1521609
  Rodger Ward1611677
  Eddie Sachs1681692
  A.J. Foyt17018314
  Eddie Sachs18419714
  A.J. Foyt1982003