Larry Dickson

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Larry Dickson at the 1968 Indianapolis 500

Larry Dickson (born September 8, 1938, Marietta, Ohio), is a former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1965-1981 seasons, with 105 combined career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1966-1969, 1971, 1978–1979, and 1981. He finished in the top ten 44 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in 1968 at Springfield. He was also a 3 time USAC Sprint Car Series Champion in 1968, 1970 and 1975. Larry won 43 USAC Sprint car races and was the all-time leader in the division until Tom Bigelow broke his record. In the years 1968-71 Larry and Gary Bettnhausen raced each other in what was billed as "The Larry and Gary Show" or "Thunder (Bettenhausen) and Lightning (Dickson) exchanging the USAC Sprint Car title between each other during those years. Those were probably the most exciting USAC sprint car races of all time. Larry also ventured to Daytona to drive Richie Giachetti's Ford Torino in the Daytona 500, running in the top ten before the engine expired. Larry finished his career in the ToMax USAC Silver Crown car owned by his brother, Tommy and Max Brittain. Larry is now semi-retired, living in Indianapolis and tending to his real estate investments.

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Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1966 Lola Ford 32nd 32nd
1967 Lotus Ford 21st 15th
1968 Brawner Ford 33rd 28th
1969 Vollstedt Ford 31st 9th
1970 Gerhardt Offy Failed to Qualify
1971 King Offy 26th 28th
1972 King Offy Failed to Qualify
1973 King Offy Failed to Qualify
1976 Eagle Offy Failed to Qualify
1977 McLaren Offy Practice Crash
1978 Penske Cosworth 9th 22nd
1979 Penske Cosworth 24th 24th
1981 Penske Cosworth 19th 18th

USAC Sprint Cars = Three-time National Champion1968, 1970 and 1975. USAC records, National Speed Sport News and other national racing press. uNITWS RACING CLUB - National Champion and Rookie of the Year 1964[2] Winner of the US Open supermodified race at Williams Grove, PA 1964

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