1963 Indianapolis 500
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Season||1963 USAC season|
|Date||May 30, 1963|
|Winning team||J. C. Agajanian|
|Average speed||143.137 mph (230.357 km/h)|
|Pole position||Parnelli Jones|
|Pole speed||151.153 mph (243.257 km/h)|
|Fastest qualifier||Parnelli Jones|
|Rookie of the Year||Jim Clark|
|Most laps led||Parnelli Jones (167)|
|National anthem||Purdue Band|
|"Back Home Again in Indiana"||Brian Sullivan|
|Starting Command||Tony Hulman|
|Pace car||Chrysler 300|
|Pace car driver||Sam Hanks|
|TV in the United States|
|Nielsen Ratings||N/A / N/A|
The 47th Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 30, 1963.
Parnelli Jones took his only Indy 500 win despite his car (nicknamed "Calhoun") spewing oil from a broken tank for many laps which caused several drivers to spin. However USAC officials put off black-flagging him after the cars owner J. C. Agajanian ran down pit lane and somehow convinced them that the oil leak was below the level of a known crack and would not leak any further. Lotus owner Colin Chapman, whose English built, rear-engined Lotus-Ford finished second in the hands of Scotsman Jim Clark, accused USAC officials of being biased towards the American driver and car.
The non-black flagging of Jones remains controversial. Many, including Chapman and journalist and author Brock Yates, believed that had it been an American driver and car in second place instead of Clark in the British built Lotus, officials would have black flagged him.
Goodyear arrived at the track and supplied tires for some entries, but participated only in practice. No cars used Goodyear tires during time trials or the race itself. It was the first time since about 1921 that Goodyear attempted to compete at Indy. Goodyear had last won the race in 1919.
Time trials was scheduled for four days.
- Saturday May 18 - Pole Day time trials
- Parnelli Jones wins the pole position for the second consecutive year. His speed of 151.150 mph is a new track record.
- Sunday May 19 - Second day time trials
- Saturday May 25 - Third day time trials
- Sunday May 26 - Fourth day time trials
|2||5||92||Jim Clark (R)||149.750||7||200||28||Running|
|3||8||2||A.J. Foyt (W)||150.615||2||200||0||Running|
|4||4||1||Rodger Ward (W)||149.800||6||200||0||Running|
|9||31||84||Al Miller II (R)||149.613||9||200||0||Running|
|12||33||17||Troy Ruttman (W)||148.374||24||200||0||Running|
|15||14||14||Roger McCluskey||148.680||20||198||4||Spun T3|
|16||7||5||Bobby Marshman||149.458||11||196||0||Rear End|
|17||10||9||Eddie Sachs||149.570||10||181||0||Crash T3|
|19||19||52||Lloyd Ruby||149.123||16||126||0||Crash T4|
|20||21||88||Eddie Johnson||148.509||22||112||0||Crash BS|
|22||2||56||Jim Hurtubise||150.257||3||102||1||Oil Leak|
|24||29||16||Jim Rathmann (W)||147.838||32||99||0||Magneto|
|25||20||26||Bobby Grim||148.717||19||79||0||Oil Leak|
|27||13||35||Allen Crowe||148.877||18||47||0||Crash T1|
|28||25||54||Bud Tingelstad||148.227||27||46||0||Crash T2|
|29||26||37||Johnny Rutherford (R)||148.063||28||43||0||Transmission|
|31||23||75||Art Malone (R)||148.343||25||18||0||Clutch|
|32||27||23||Johnny Boyd||148.038||29||12||0||Oil Leak|
|33||16||6||Bobby Unser (R)||149.421||12||2||0||Crash T1|
- NASCAR driver Junior Johnson practiced, but did not qualify. Curtis Turner passed a rookie test, but crashed in practice.
Lou Palmer, who had debuted in 1958, moved from turn three to the pit area, where he would remain for 25 years. Palmer also took over the duty of the winner's interview in victory lane. Mike Ahern returned to the broadcast after a year absence, and took over the turn three location.
The radio affiliate count topped 700 stations worldwide.
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network|
|Booth Announcers||Turn Reporters||Pit/garage reporters|
Turn 1: Bill Frosh
|Jack Shapiro (north)
Luke Walton (center)
Lou Palmer (south)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 1963 Indianapolis 500.|
- "Fist Fight Breaks Out Between Speedway Winner Parnelli Jones and Eddie Sachs". Lewiston Daily Sun. June 1, 1963. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004
- Indianapolis 500 History: Race & All-Time Stats - Official Site
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