1962 Indianapolis 500

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46th Indianapolis 500
Indy500winningcar1962.JPG
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body USAC
Season 1962 USAC season
Date May 30, 1962
Winner Rodger Ward
Winning team Leader Cards
Average speed 140.293 mph (225.780 km/h)
Pole position Parnelli Jones
Pole speed 150.370 mph (241.997 km/h)
Fastest qualifier Parnelli Jones
Rookie of the Year Jim McElreath
Most laps led Parnelli Jones (120)
Pre-race ceremonies
National anthem Purdue Band
"Back Home Again in Indiana" C. David Cochard
Starting Command Tony Hulman
Pace car Studebaker Lark Daytona Convertible
Pace car driver Sam Hanks
Honorary starter N/A
Attendance 300,000 (estimated)
TV in the United States
Network N/A
Announcers N/A
Nielsen Ratings N/A / N/A
Chronology
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The 46th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 30, 1962.

A historic pole day as Parnelli Jones breaks the 150 mph (240 km/h) barrier in qualifying. Rodger Ward and Len Sutton finish 1st-2nd for Leader Cards Racing.

The 1962 Indy 500 marked the final 500 (through 2014) wherein the entire 33-car field consisted of U.S.-born participants.

Time trials[edit]

Time trials was scheduled for four days.

  • Saturday May 12 - Pole Day time trials
    • Len Sutton was the first driver to make an assault on the track record. His fourth lap of 149.900 mph was a new one-lap track record.
    • Parnelli Jones becomes the first driver to break the 150 mph barrier. His first lap was run at 150.729 mph, a new all-time one-lap track record. All four of his laps were over 150 mph, and his four-lap average came in at 150.370 mph. Jones was rewarded by having 150 silver dollars poured into his helmet by Phil Hedback of Bryant Heating & Cooling.[1]
  • Sunday May 13 - Second day time trials
  • Saturday May 19 - Third day time trials
  • Sunday May 20 - Fourth day time trials

Race recap[edit]

First half[edit]

Parnelli Jones took the lead at the start, and led the first 59 laps. The first incident on the track occurred on lap 17. A four-car crash in turn four involved Jack Turner, Bob Christie, Allen Crowe, and Chuck Rodee. A lengthy yellow light period was needed to clean up the incident.

Second half[edit]

Rodger Ward led the final 31 laps en route to victory. It was his second 500 win, after winning also in 1959. His Leader Cards teammate Len Sutton finished second, accomplishing the first team "sweep" of 1st-2nd since the Blue Crown team did it in 1947 and 1948.

After dominating much of the early race, Parnelli Jones, who started on the pole and led 120 laps, finished 7th.

Box score[edit]

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 2 3 United States Rodger Ward (W) 149.371 2 200 66 Running
2 4 7 United States Len Sutton 149.328 4 200 9 Running
3 27 2 United States Eddie Sachs 146.431 27 200 0 Running
4 12 27 United States Don Davis 147.209 12 200 0 Running
5 3 54 United States Bobby Marshman 149.347 3 200 0 Running
6 7 15 United States Jim McElreath (R) 149.025 7 200 0 Running
7 1 98 United States Parnelli Jones 150.370 1 200 120 Running
8 24 12 United States Lloyd Ruby 146.520 24 200 0 Running
9 23 44 United States Jim Rathmann (W) 146.610 21 200 0 Running
10 28 38 United States Johnny Boyd 147.047 14 200 0 Running
11 6 4 United States Shorty Templeman 149.050 6 200 0 Running
12 11 14 United States Don Branson 147.312 11 200 0 Running
13 29 91 United States Jim Hurtubise 146.963 17 200 0 Running
14 32 86 United States Ebb Rose 146.336 30 200 0 Running
15 10 5 United States Bud Tingelstad 147.753 10 200 0 Running
16 9 17 United States Roger McCluskey 147.759 9 168 3 Spun T2
17 17 21 United States Elmer George
(Relieved by Paul Russo; 74 laps)
(Relieved by A. J. Foyt; 21 laps)
146.092 33 146 0 Engine
18 30 26 United States Troy Ruttman (W) 146.765 19 140 0 Piston
19 15 18 United States Bobby Grim 146.604 22 96 0 Oil Leak
20 8 34 United States Dan Gurney (R) 147.886 8 92 0 Rear End
21 16 19 United States Chuck Hulse (R) 146.377 28 91 0 Fuel Pump
22 33 79 United States Jimmy Daywalt 146.318 31 74 0 Transmission
23 5 1 United States A.J. Foyt (W) 149.074 5 69 2 Lost wheel
24 13 9 United States Dick Rathmann 147.161 13 51 0 Magneto
25 18 32 United States Eddie Johnson 146.592 23 38 0 Magneto
26 26 53 United States Paul Goldsmith 146.437 26 26 0 Magneto
27 20 88 United States Gene Hartley
(Relieved by Bill Cheesbourg; 21 laps)
146.969 15 23 0 Steering
28 14 62 United States Paul Russo 146.687 20 20 0 Piston
29 25 45 United States Jack Turner 146.496 25 17 0 Crash FS
30 31 29 United States Bob Christie 146.341 29 17 0 Crash FS
31 22 83 United States Allen Crowe (R) 146.831 18 17 0 Crash FS
32 21 67 United States Chuck Rodee (R) 146.969 16 17 0 Crash FS
33 19 96 United States Bob Veith 146.157 32 12 0 Engine

Alternates[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

Radio[edit]

The race was carried live on the IMS Radio Network. Sid Collins served as chief announcer. Fred Agabashian served as "driver expert."

Newcomer Howdy Bell joined the crew, serving as a turn reporter. It was his first of over 40 years with the network.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network
Booth Announcers Turn Reporters Pit/garage reporters

Chief Announcer: Sid Collins
Driver expert: Fred Agabashian
Statistician: Charlie Brockman

Turn 1: Bill Frosh
Turn 2: Howdy Bell
Backstretch: Bernie Herman
Turn 3: Lou Palmer
Turn 4: Jim Shelton

Jack Shapiro (north)
Luke Walton (center)
John Peterson (south)

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley. May 19, 2006. Network Indiana.
  2. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004

Works cited[edit]


1961 Indianapolis 500
A. J. Foyt
1962 Indianapolis 500
Rodger Ward
1963 Indianapolis 500
Parnelli Jones
Preceded by
139.130 mph
(1961 Indianapolis 500)
Record for the fastest average speed
140.293
mph
Succeeded by
143.137 mph
(1963 Indianapolis 500)