Johnny Parsons

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Johnny Parsons
Nationality  United States
Born (1944-08-26) August 26, 1944 (age 70)
Van Nuys, California
Retired 1996
Related to Johnnie Parsons (father)
Dana Carter (half brother)
Pancho Carter (half brother)
American Championship Car
Years active 1969-1996
Teams Hopkins Racing
Wysard Racing
Arciero Racing
Leader Cards Racing
Blueprint Racing
Starts 106
Wins 0
Poles 2
Best champ.
finish
10th in 1976 (USAC)
Previous series
1979 Super Vee
Awards
1994 National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame

Johnny Parsons (born August 26, 1944 in Van Nuys, California) is an American racecar driver.

Racing family[edit]

Parsons is the son of Arza and 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner Johnnie Parsons. His parents divorced, and Johnny was raised with half-brothers Dana and Pancho Carter, the product of Arza's marriage with Duane Carter. The Carters grew up racing quarter-midgets in Indianapolis.[1]

Parsons started twelve Indianapolis 500 races. His last Indy 500 start was the 1996 Indianapolis 500. His best finish was fifth in 1977 and 1985.

Parsons finished second in the 1977 USAC National points. Parsons has also twice finished second in the USAC championship dirt cars.[1]

Parsons won 29 midget car features (as of 1994), including major wins at: the 4-Crown Nationals midget car feature twice, the 1979 Hut Hundred, and the 1986 Copper Classic midget feature.[1] He has won two Silver Crown and five sprint car features.[1]

When Davey Hamilton decided to come out of retirement to run in the 2007 Indy 500, Parsons replaced him as the driver expert for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network's broadcasts of race activities.

Career award[edit]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1969 Failed to Qualify
1973 King Offy Practice Crash
1974 Finley Offy 29th 26th
1975 Eagle Offy 12th 19th
1976 Eagle Offy 14th 12th
1977 Wildcat DGS 11th 5th
1978 Lightning Offy 8th 10th
1979 Lightning DGS 9th 32nd
1980 Lightning Offy 7th 26th
1981 Lightning Chevrolet Failed to Qualify
1982 March Cosworth 25th 20th
1983 Penske Cosworth 23rd 22nd
1984 Penske Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1985 March Cosworth 26th 5th
1986 March Cosworth 28th 27th
1987 March Buick Failed to Qualify
1988 March Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1989 March/Lola Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1991 Lola Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1992 Lola Buick Failed to Qualify
1993 Chevrolet Failed to Qualify
1994 Lola Greenfield[disambiguation needed] Failed to Qualify
1995 Reynard Ford-Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1996 Lola Menard-Buick 27th 28th

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame