Wednesday, September 15, 2021

1962 – Parnelli Jones Wins First Hoosier 100

Parnelli Jones discusses pre-race strategy with chief mechanic Johnny Pouelson before the start of the 1962 Hoosier 100.

Indianapolis, Ind. (September 15, 1962) – Parnelli Jones, Torrance, Calif., won his first United States Auto Club-championship race this season Saturday, leaving the rest of the field more than a mile behind in the 10th Hoosier Hundred.

Jones’ winning speed of 90.604 miles an hour was more than 2 miles an hour slower than the year-old record of A. J. Foyt, partly because a spectacular wreck by Allen Crowe, Springfield, Ill., forced eight laps at slow speed.

Crowe was reported in satisfactory condition at a hospital, after his car lost a wheel, overturned and caught fire in front of the main grandstand. The blaze was extinguished quickly but the unconscious driver was pinned in the car for several minutes.

A crowd of more than 26,000 contributed to a purse of $43,775, the biggest ever paid. for a USAC-sanctioned 100-mile race. Jones and car owner J. C. Agajanian, San Pedro, Calif., picked up more than $15,000.

Jim Hurtubise, Parnelli’s old rival from North Tonawanda, N.Y., led the first five miles on the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt track. But Jones shot back in front and Hurtubise spun and stalled trying to keep up with him.

Protests filed after the race left the order of finish in doubt. Veteran Don Branson, Champaign, Ill., was the apparent second-place finisher with Jim McElreath, Arlington, Tex., third. However, McElreath contended Branson picked up 10 seconds during a yellow-flag period.

Foyt, Houston, Tex., the defending USAC national champion, lost a slim mathematical chance to repeat when he was stopped Saturday by mud in his radiator. He would finish 16th.

Results –

1. Parnelli Jones
2. Don Branson
3. Jim McElreath
4. Roger McCluskey
5. Roger Ward
6. Bobby Marshman
7. Chuck Hulse
8. Jim Hurtubise
9. Ernie Koch
10.Ronnie Duman

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