1963 Indianapolis 500

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47th Indianapolis 500
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body USAC
Season 1963 USAC season
Date May 30, 1963
Winner Parnelli Jones
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)
Pre-race ceremonies
National anthem Purdue Band
"Back Home Again in Indiana" Brian Sullivan
Starting Command Tony Hulman
Pace car Chrysler 300
Pace car driver Sam Hanks
Honorary starter N/A
Attendance 250,000 (estimated)
TV in the United States
Network N/A
Announcers N/A
Nielsen Ratings N/A / N/A
Chronology
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1962 1964

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.[1] 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[edit]

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

Box score[edit]

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 1 98 United States Parnelli Jones 151.153 1 200 167 Running
2 5 92 United Kingdom Jim Clark (R) 149.750 7 200 28 Running
3 8 2 United States A.J. Foyt (W) 150.615 2 200 0 Running
4 4 1 United States Rodger Ward (W) 149.800 6 200 0 Running
5 3 4 United States Don Branson 150.188 4 200 0 Running
6 6 8 United States Jim McElreath 149.744 8 200 0 Running
7 12 93 United States Dan Gurney 149.019 17 200 0 Running
8 11 10 United States Chuck Hulse 149.340 13 200 0 Running
9 31 84 United States Al Miller II (R) 149.613 9 200 0 Running
10 17 22 United States Dick Rathmann 149.130 14 200 0 Running
11 30 29 United States Dempsey Wilson 147.832 33 200 0 Running
12 33 17 United States Troy Ruttman (W) 148.374 24 200 0 Running
13 18 65 United States Bob Christie 149.123 15 200 0 Running
14 32 32 United States Ebb Rose 148.545 21 200 0 Running
15 14 14 United States Roger McCluskey 148.680 20 198 4 Spun T3
16 7 5 United States Bobby Marshman 149.458 11 196 0 Rear End
17 10 9 United States Eddie Sachs 149.570 10 181 0 Crash T3
18 9 99 United States Paul Goldsmith 150.163 5 149 0 Crankshaft
19 19 52 United States Lloyd Ruby 149.123 16 126 0 Crash T4
20 21 88 United States Eddie Johnson 148.509 22 112 0 Crash BS
21 22 45 United States Chuck Stevenson 148.386 23 110 0 Valve
22 2 56 United States Jim Hurtubise 150.257 3 102 1 Oil Leak
23 15 83 United States Duane Carter 148.002 30 100 0 Rod
24 29 16 United States Jim Rathmann (W) 147.838 32 99 0 Magneto
25 20 26 United States Bobby Grim 148.717 19 79 0 Oil Leak
26 24 86 United States Bob Veith 148.289 26 74 0 Valve
27 13 35 United States Allen Crowe 148.877 18 47 0 Crash T1
28 25 54 United States Bud Tingelstad 148.227 27 46 0 Crash T2
29 26 37 United States Johnny Rutherford (R) 148.063 28 43 0 Transmission
30 28 21 United States Elmer George 147.893 31 21 0 Handling
31 23 75 United States Art Malone (R) 148.343 25 18 0 Clutch
32 27 23 United States Johnny Boyd 148.038 29 12 0 Oil Leak
33 16 6 United States Bobby Unser (R) 149.421 12 2 0 Crash T1

Alternates[edit]

Race notes[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."

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

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

Turn 1: Bill Frosh
Turn 2: Howdy Bell
Backstretch: Bernie Herman
Turn 3: Mike Ahern
Turn 4: Jim Shelton

Jack Shapiro (north)
Luke Walton (center)
Lou Palmer (south)

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Works cited[edit]


1962 Indianapolis 500
Rodger Ward
1963 Indianapolis 500
Parnelli Jones
1964 Indianapolis 500
A.J. Foyt
Preceded by
140.293 mph
(1962 Indianapolis 500)
Record for the fastest average speed
143.137
mph
Succeeded by
147.350 mph
(1964 Indianapolis 500)