1967 Indianapolis 500
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Season||1967 USAC season|
|Date||May 30–31, 1967|
|Winner||A. J. Foyt|
|Average speed||151.207 mph (243 km/h)|
|Pole position||Mario Andretti|
|Pole speed||168.982 mph (272 km/h)|
|Fastest qualifier||Mario Andretti|
|Rookie of the Year||Denis Hulme|
|Most laps led||Parnelli Jones (171)|
|National anthem||Purdue band|
|"Back Home Again in Indiana"||Russell J. Wunderlich|
|Starting Command||Tony Hulman|
|Pace car||Chevrolet Camaro|
|Pace car driver||Mauri Rose|
|TV in the United States|
|Network||ABC's Wide World of Sports|
|Announcers||Jim McKay, Rodger Ward, Chris Economaki|
The 51st International 500 Mile Sweepstakes was held over two days, Tuesday May 30 and Wednesday May 31, 1967 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race was dominated by Parnelli Jones in the radically new, four-wheel drive STP-Paxton Turbocar gas turbine entered by prolific car owner Andy Granatelli. With three laps to go, however, Jones coasted to a stop when a $6 transmission bearing failed. A. J. Foyt assumed the lead, and weaved his way through a pileup on the final lap, to win his third Indy 500 victory.
Foyt's victory was the first Indy 500 win for Goodyear tires since 1919. After leaving the sport in 1922, Goodyear returned to the sport 1964, and in 1967, snapped Firestone's record of 43 consecutive Indy 500 wins.
The race was scheduled for Tuesday May 30. The race started on time at 11:00 a.m. EST, but after only 18 laps, rain began to fall. The race was red-flagged, and the resumption was held at 10:00 a.m. the following day. Though temperatures on Wednesday were cool, skies were sunny, and the race was run to completion.
- 1 Race schedule
- 2 Time trials
- 3 Race summary
- 4 Box score
- 5 Qualification chronology
- 6 Broadcasting
- 7 Topics
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Notes
The annual 500 Victory Banquet was scheduled for Wednesday May 31. After the race was postponed for rain, the banquet was still held as scheduled, which was just hours after the checkered flag fell.
Pole day - Saturday May 13
Going into time trials, Mario Andretti was the favorite for the pole position. On the final day of practice, he turned the fastest practice lap in Indy history at over 168 mph. Among the others that were expected to challenge for the front row were Roger McCluskey, A. J. Foyt, and Gordon Johncock. Parnelli Jones, driving the new Granatelli STP-Paxton Turbocar gas turbine was in the top ten of practice speeds, but never on top, and some in the garage area were accusing the team of sandbagging.
The first car out to qualify was Ronnie Duman. At about 2:30 p.m., Joe Leonard took over the provisional pole position with a run of 166.098 mph, a new track record. About an hour and a half later, Dan Gurney took over the pole with another record run of 167.224 mph. Gurney's time on top was short-lived, however, as Mario Andretti was the next car to make an attempt. Andretti set new 1-lap and 4-lap track records to win the pole position for the second year in a row. His third lap (169.779 mph) stood as the single lap record, and his four-lap average wound up at 168.982 mph.
At the end of the day, the field was filled to 25 cars. Later in the day, Gordon Johncock (166.559 mph) squeezed himself on to the front row, qualifying third. A. J. Foyt suffered mechanical trouble on his first attempt, and pulled off the course. Later on, he returned to the track to qualify in fourth starting position. Parnelli Jones in the Granatelli Turbine qualified 6th. As was noted by many other teams at the time, Jones qualified with a race day set-up, while the piston-powered entries practiced and qualified with "qualifying setups," including light fuel loads, lightened transmission components, higher-revving gear ratios, a percentage of "pop," or nitromethane in the fuel, and so on. The STP crew had Jones qualify with a straight race-day setup, including the use of standard fuel (aircraft-grade kerosene, in this case).
Second day - Sunday May 14
The second day of time trials was rained out.
Third day - Saturday May 20
The field filled to 33 cars after 23 attempts were made. Six cars were bumped including Jackie Stewart. Roger McCluskey, who was not able to qualify on pole day, was the fastest car of the afternoon (165.563 mph).
Bump day - Sunday May 21
The race started on Tuesday May 30 under threatening skies. At the start, polesitter Mario Andretti briefly took the lead into turn one. However, Jones swept to the outside from 6th starting position, and passed four cars in turn one. Exiting turn two, he dove below Andretti and took the lead down the backstretch. Jones ran the first lap at a record 154 mph, and started pulling out to a sizable lead.
After only a few laps, Mario Andretti pulled into the pits with mechanical troubles. On lap 18, rain began to fall, and the red flag was put out. The race was halted and the conclusion was postponed until the following day.
Jones lead most of the race. Along the way many of the favorites have problems: defending champion Graham Hill (who almost didn't make the race) is out after only five laps after the restart. his teammate Jim Clark blows an engine five laps later. Leader Jones has a scare on lap 70 in an altercation with Lee Roy Yarbrough. Both cars spin, but are able to continue racing, however, Dan Gurney briefly takes the lead. But Gurney is forced out of the race after 160 laps. Meanwhile, Mario Andretti loses a wheel on his 59th lap. Carl Williams and Bob Veith tangle in turn three and are both eliminated. Wally Dallenbach crashes on the main straightway, and Cale Yarborough spins out during the caution. Several cars get by Cale, but George Snider and Lee Roy Yarbrough both crash into the infield ditch trying to avoid him. Arnie Knepper is out with engine failure, while Jackie Stewart loses an engine and heads back to the pits on foot. Later, Cale Yarborough (who was able to get back into the race) and Mel Kenyon crash, putting both out of the race for good. Bud Tingelstad spins out after 182 laps.
With 12 laps left, Gordon Johncock spins out. At this point Parnelli Jones has the race wrapped up with almost a full lap lead over A.J. Foyt. But amazingly, with only four laps to go, a 6-dollar transmission bearing fails, once again sealing the fate of the STP Granatelli team. A.J. Foyt drives into first place with only four laps to go, but the drama is still not over. A four car-crash at the north end of the straightaway forces Foyt into some savvy driving to miss spinning cars as he takes the checkered flag for his third win at Indianapolis. Foyt's winning speed of 151.207 mph (243.344 km/h) is a new record.
|1||4||14||A.J. Foyt (W)||166.289||4||200||27||Running|
|4||24||69||Denis Hulme (R)||163.376||20||197||0||Flagged|
|6||6||40||Parnelli Jones (W)||166.075||6||196||171||Bearing|
|7||27||8||Chuck Hulse||162.925||26||195||0||Crash FS|
|8||13||16||Art Pollard (R)||163.897||15||195||0||Flagged|
|10||23||41||Carl Williams||163.696||18||189||0||Crash FS|
|12||3||3||Gordon Johncock||166.559||3||188||0||Spun T3|
|13||12||39||Bobby Grim||164.084||14||187||0||Crash FS|
|14||25||10||Bud Tingelstad||163.228||22||182||0||Spun FS|
|15||21||22||Larry Dickson||162.543||33||180||0||Spun FS|
|16||14||15||Mel Kenyon||163.778||17||177||0||Crash T3|
|17||20||21||Cale Yarborough||162.830||30||176||0||Crash T3|
|23||17||98||Ronnie Duman||162.903||27||154||0||Fuel trouble|
|24||32||48||Jochen Rindt (R)||163.051||25||108||0||Valve|
|25||19||45||Johnny Rutherford||162.859||29||103||0||Crash T2|
|26||10||26|| George Snider (Tues.)
Relieved by Lloyd Ruby (Wed.)
|27||26||67||LeeRoy Yarbrough (R)||163.066||24||87||0||Crash NC|
|28||33||32||Al Miller II||162.602||31||74||0||Oil Cooler|
|29||15||53||Wally Dallenbach, Sr. (R)||163.540||19||73||0||Crash FS|
|30||1||1||Mario Andretti||168.982||1||58||0||Lost wheel|
|31||16||31||Jim Clark (W)||163.213||23||35||0||Piston|
|32||31||81||Graham Hill (W)||163.317||21||23||0||Piston|
|Saturday May 13, 1967|
|5||43||JACKIE STEWART||4||162.221||—||—||BUMPED BY #56|
|6||27||LUCIEN BIANCHI||3||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|7||29||BOB HURT||4||161.261||—||—||BUMPED BY #23|
|14||78||JERRY GRANT||4||162.352||—||—||BUMPED BY #81|
|16||12||ROGER MCCLUSKEY||1||—||—||—||PULLED OFF|
|22||14||A. J. FOYT||2||—||—||—||PULLED OFF|
|24||42||RICHIE GINTHER||3||—||—||—||PULLED OFF|
|28||14||A. J. FOYT||4||166.289||4||4|
|29||82||BOB CHRISTIE||2||—||—||—||PULLED OFF|
|30||57||BOB HARKEY||4||162.140||—||—||BUMPED BY #84|
|32||41||CARL WILLIAMS||0||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|Sunday May 14, 1967|
|Saturday May 20, 1967|
|33||90||PEDRO RODRIGUEZ||4||162.352||—||—||BUMPED BY #10|
|34||42||RICHIE GINTHER||3||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|35||27||LUCIEN BIANCHI||4||162.484||—||—||BUMPED BY #42|
|38||23||RONNIE BUCKNUM||2||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|39||87||JOCHEN RINDT||4||162.389||—||—||BUMPED BY #24|
|40||56||JIM HURTUBISE||2||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|41||60||MICKEY SHAW||1||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|42||71||BOBBY JOHNS||1||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|43||84||GARY CONGDON||2||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|44||47||NORM BROWN||3||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|46||10||BUD TINGELSTAD||3||—||—||—||PULLED OFF|
|49||20||MASTEN GREGORY||2||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|50||23||RONNIE BUCKNUM||4||162.243||—||—||BUMPS #29; BUMPED BY #67|
|51||84||GARY CONGDON||4||161.783||—||—||BUMPS #57; BUMPED BY #48|
|52||56||JIM HURTUBISE||4||162.411||—||—||BUMPS #43; BUMPED BY #32|
|53||67||LEE ROY YARBROUGH||4||163.066||24||26||BUMPS #23|
|54||24||JACKIE STEWART||3||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|55||10||BUD TINGELSTAD||4||163.228||22||25||BUMPS #90|
|Sunday May 21, 1967|
|56||81||GRAHAM HILL||4||163.317||21||31||BUMPS #78|
|57||24||JACKIE STEWART||4||164.099||13||29||BUMPS #87|
|58||48||JOCHEN RINDT||4||163.051||25||32||BUMPS #84|
|59||32||AL MILLER II||4||162.602||31||33||BUMPS #56|
|60||17||BOBBY JOHNS||2||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
|61||42||JERRY GRANT||4||163.808||16||30||BUMPS #27|
|62||11||JIM HURTUBISE||4||161.936||—||—||TOO SLOW|
|63||85||BILL CHEESBOURG||0||—||—||—||WAVED OFF|
The race was carried live on the IMS Radio Network. Sid Collins served as chief announcer for the 16th year. It was Collins' 20th year overall with the crew. Len Sutton served as "driver expert" for the second year. At the conclusion of the race, Lou Palmer reported from victory lane.
The entire on-air crew remained consistent from 1966. The broadcast reached over 900 affiliates including Armed Forces Network, the CBC, and shortwave to Vietnam. The broadcast had an estimated 100 million listeners worldwide. The original broadcast on Tuesday May 30 came on air at 10:30 a.m. local time and was scheduled for four and a half hours, including a 30 minute pre-race segment. When the race was red flagged for rain, the network signed off at 11:45 a.m., and returned for brief weather updates at 12:15 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., and 4:15 p.m., at which time the race was officially postponed. During the rain delay on Tuesday, guests to the booth included J. C. Agajanian, Rory Calhoun, as well as Lorne Greene and Michael Landon, both from the TV series Bonanza. Greene and Landon had been grand marshals for the 500 Festival parade.
On Wednesday May 31, the broadcast came on air at 9:45 a.m. local time, leading up to the 10:00 a.m. resumption. All of the announcers and reporters from Tuesday returned to their assignments for Wednesday. Booth guests on Wednesday included Pete DePaolo, Jim Murray, Tom Harmon, and 500 Festival queen Janice Cruze Bretz. During the post-race, Sid Collins was presented with a Resolution passed by the California State Legislature from State Senator George Deukmejian and Lt. Governor Bob Finch honoring Collins' twentieth year serving on the network.
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network|
|Booth Announcers||Turn Reporters||Pit/garage reporters|
Turn 1: Mike Ahern
|Chuck Marlowe (north)
Luke Walton (center)
Lou Palmer (south)
The race was carried in the United States on ABC's Wide World of Sports. The broadcast aired on Saturday June 10. Jim McKay anchored the telecast for the first time, with analysts Rodger Ward and pit work from Chris Economaki. It was the first time the race was broadcast in color, and the first time the entire hour-long program was devoted entirely to the 500. The opening featured a brief recap of time trials in the first half, and race coverage in the second half.
The broadcast has re-aired on ESPN Classic starting in May 2011.
|Booth Announcers||Pit/garage reporters|
- This race featured six former or eventual Formula One World Champions: Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Dennis Hulme, Jochen Rindt, Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti
- The NASCAR World 600 was held on Sunday May 28, and the Indy 500 was scheduled for Tuesday May 30. NASCAR driver Lee Roy Yarbrough skips Charlotte and races at Indy. He finishes 27th. Cale Yarborough becomes the first driver to compete in both races in the same year. He finished 41st at Charlotte and 17th at Indy.
|Tire participation chart|
|Supplier||No. of starters|
|* - Denotes race winner|
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