Johnny White accepts his trophy after winning the Hawkeye Futurity.
Des Moines, Iowa (June 2, 1963) – Johnny White of Warren, Mich., survived a three-car crackup and managed to pass a hard-charging Jerry Richert to win the ninth annual Hawkeye Futurity 30-lap feature at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon.
The defending International Motor Contest Association champion slid broadside on the first lap with former Futurity winner Harold Leep and Jerry Blundy following and unable to avoid him. Only White was able to return to the action for the restart.
Richert started on the pole and the Forest Lake, Minn., pilot sped away at the drop of the green and led until lap 10.
White would rebound from early misfortune and close the gap on Richert and the lead see-sawed until Richert ran out of racetrack on lap 14 and White surged permanently ahead.
White and his car owner, Sidney Weinberger of Utica, Mich., pocketed $650 for the seven-event program.
White had set fast tie during qualifying and also won the first heat. In the 8-lap event, he set a track record which had stood since 1938. White’s time of 3 minutes and 21 seconds eclipsed the old mark of 4 minutes and 34 seconds set by the great Gus Schrader of Newhall, Iowa.
Another accident sidelined former Futurity winner Pete Folse and the Bardahl Special when he and Bill Horstmeyer of Stoughton, Wis., collided during the trophy dash. Horstmeyer was able to resume and finished third in the feature.
Gordon Woolley of Waco, Tex., finished second in the main event. Richert managed a fourth-place finish after his fine early showing.
White’s victory was his third of the season and invested more points into his IMCA lead.
A crowd of 8,200 watched the IMCA-sanctioned program.
Time Trials – Johnny White (24.00)
Heat #1 – Johnny White
Heat #2 – Jerry Richert
Heat #3 – Roger Lane
Trophy Dash – Jerry Blundy
Consolation – Jerry Blundy
1. Johnny White
2. Gordon Woolley
3. Bill Horstmeyer
4. Jerry Richert
5. Dale Reed
6. Greg Weld
7. Dave Hollis
8. Jay Woodside
9. Jigger Sirois
10. Wib Spalding
11. Roger Lane
12. Bob Tomlinson