1967 Indianapolis 500

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51st Indianapolis 500
Indy500winningcar1967.JPG
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body USAC
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)
Pre-race ceremonies
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
Honorary starter none
Attendance 250,000
TV in the United States
Network ABC's Wide World of Sports
Announcers Jim McKay, Rodger Ward, Chris Economaki
Chronology
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1966 1968

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.

Race schedule[edit]

Race schedule — April/May, 1967
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Pole Day
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Color Notes
Green Practice
Dark Blue Time trials
Silver Race day
Red Rained out
Blank No track activity

Time trials[edit]

Pole day - Saturday May 13[edit]

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[edit]

The second day of time trials was rained out.

Third day - Saturday May 20[edit]

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[edit]

Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart successfully bumped their way into the field. Jim Hurtubise tried to qualify using a front-engined car, but he was too slow.

Race summary[edit]

Start[edit]

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.

Restart[edit]

Wednesday May 31 was sunny and the race was resumed.

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.

Finish[edit]

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,[1] 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.

Box score[edit]

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status
1 4 14 United States A.J. Foyt 166.289 4 200 27 Running
2 9 5 United States Al Unser 164.594 10 198 0 Flagged
3 5 4 United States Joe Leonard 166.098 5 197 0 Flagged
4 24 69 New Zealand Denis Hulme 163.376 20 197 0 Flagged
5 11 2 United States Jim McElreath 164.241 12 197 0 Flagged
6 6 40 United States Parnelli Jones 166.075 6 196 171 Bearing
7 27 8 United States Chuck Hulse 162.925 26 195 0 Crash FS
8 13 16 United States Art Pollard 163.897 15 195 0 Flagged
9 8 6 United States Bobby Unser 164.752 9 193 0 Flagged
10 23 41 United States Carl Williams 163.696 18 189 0 Crash FS
11 28 46 United States Bob Veith 162.580 32 189 0 Flagged
12 3 3 United States Gordon Johncock 166.559 3 188 0 Spun T3
13 12 39 United States Bobby Grim 164.084 14 187 0 Crash FS
14 25 10 United States Bud Tingelstad 163.228 22 182 0 Spun FS
15 21 22 United States Larry Dickson 162.543 33 180 0 Spun FS
16 14 15 United States Mel Kenyon 163.778 17 177 0 Crash T3
17 20 21 United States Cale Yarborough 162.830 30 176 0 Crash T3
18 29 24 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 164.099 13 168 0 Engine
19 22 12 United States Roger McCluskey 165.563 7 165 0 Engine
20 30 42 United States Jerry Grant 163.808 16 162 0 Piston
21 2 74 United States Dan Gurney 167.224 2 160 2 Piston
22 18 19 United States Arnie Knepper 162.900 28 158 0 Engine
23 17 98 United States Ronnie Duman 162.903 27 154 0 Fuel trouble
24 32 48 Austria Jochen Rindt 163.051 25 108 0 Valve
25 19 45 United States Johnny Rutherford 162.859 29 103 0 Crash T2
26 10 26 United States George Snider (Tues.)
Relieved by Lloyd Ruby (Wed.)
164.256 11 99 0 Crash NC
27 26 67 United States LeeRoy Yarbrough 163.066 24 87 0 Crash NC
28 33 32 United States Al Miller II 162.602 31 74 0 Oil Cooler
29 15 53 United States Wally Dallenbach, Sr. 163.540 19 73 0 Crash FS
30 1 1 United States Mario Andretti 168.982 1 58 0 Lost wheel
31 16 31 United Kingdom Jim Clark 163.213 23 35 0 Piston
32 31 81 United Kingdom Graham Hill 163.317 21 23 0 Piston
33 7 25 United States Lloyd Ruby 165.229 8 3 0 Valves

Alternates[edit]

Qualification chronology[edit]

Att
#
Car
#
Driver Laps Qual
Speed
Rank Start Comment
Saturday May 13, 1967
1 98 RONNIE DUMAN 4 162.903 27 17  
2 25 LLOYD RUBY 4 165.229 8 7  
3 53 WALLY DALLENBACH 4 163.540 19 15  
4 6 BOBBY UNSER 4 164.752 9 8  
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
8 39 BOBBY GRIM 4 164.084 14 12  
9 45 JOHNNY RUTHERFORD 4 162.859 29 19  
10 26 GEORGE SNIDER 4 164.256 11 10  
11 5 AL UNSER 4 164.594 10 9  
12 4 JOE LEONARD 4 166.098 5 5  
13 23 LARRY DICKSON 4 162.543 33 21  
14 78 JERRY GRANT 4 162.352 BUMPED BY #81
15 31 JIM CLARK 4 163.213 23 16  
16 12 ROGER MCCLUSKEY 1 PULLED OFF
17 16 ART POLLARD 4 163.897 15 13  
18 2 JIM MCELREATH 4 164.241 12 11  
19 15 MEL KENYON 4 163.778 17 14  
20 74 DAN GURNEY 4 167.224 2 2  
21 1 MARIO ANDRETTI 4 168.982 1 1  
22 14 A. J. FOYT 2 PULLED OFF
23 21 CALE YARBOROUGH 4 162.830 30 20  
24 42 RICHIE GINTHER 3 PULLED OFF
25 3 GORDON JOHNCOCK 4 166.559 3 3  
26 19 ARNIE KNEPPER 4 162.900 28 18  
27 40 PARNELLI JONES 4 166.075 6 6  
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
31 84 BOB WENTE 3 ACCIDENT
32 41 CARL WILLIAMS 0 WAVED OFF
Sunday May 14, 1967
Rained out
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
36 41 CARL WILLIAMS 4 163.696 18 23  
37 12 ROGER MCCLUSKEY 4 165.563 7 22  
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
45 46 BOB VEITH 4 162.580 32 28  
46 10 BUD TINGELSTAD 3 PULLED OFF
47 69 DENIS HULME 4 163.376 20 24  
48 8 CHUCK HULSE 4 162.925 26 27  
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

Broadcasting[edit]

Radio[edit]

The race was carried live on the IMS Radio Network. Sid Collins served as chief announcer. 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 and the CBC. The broadcast had an estimated 100 million listeners worldwide. Pre-race coverage was 30 minutes in duration.

For 1967, the flagship station changed from WIBC to WTHI in Terre Haute.

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

Chief Announcer: Sid Collins
Driver expert: Len Sutton
Statistician: John DeCamp
Historian: Donald Davidson

Turn 1: Mike Ahern
Turn 2: Howdy Bell
Backstretch: Doug Zink
Turn 3: Ron Carrell
Turn 4: Jim Shelton

Chuck Marloe (north)
Luke Walton (center)
Lou Palmer (south)

Television[edit]

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.

The race was shown live on MCA closed-circuit television in various theaters across the United States. Charlie Brockman served as anchor.

ABC Television
Booth Announcers Pit/garage reporters

Announcer: Jim McKay
Color: Rodger Ward

Chris Economaki

Topics[edit]

Tire participation chart
Supplier No. of starters
Goodyear 16*
Firestone 17 
* - Denotes race winner

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "More Indy Hearbreaks". Autoweek 62 (11): 82. May 28, 2012. ISSN 0192-9674. 
  2. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley - 1070-AM WIBC, May 14, 2004

Works cited[edit]


1966 Indianapolis 500
Graham Hill
1967 Indianapolis 500
A.J. Foyt
1968 Indianapolis 500
Bobby Unser