1963 Daytona 500
|Race 7 of 55 in the 1963 NASCAR Grand National Series season|
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
|Date||February 24, 1963|
Daytona International Speedway|
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Permanent racing facility|
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 500 mi (800 km)|
|Average speed||151.556 miles per hour (243.906 km/h)|
|Qualifying race winners|
|Duel 1 Winner||Junior Johnson||Ray Fox|
|Duel 2 Winner||Johnny Rutherford||Smokey Yunick|
|Most laps led|
|No. 21 Ford||Tiny Lund||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Bill Flemming and Chris Economaki|
The 1963 Daytona 500, the 5th running of the event held on February 24, 1963, was won by Tiny Lund driving a 1963 Ford. Lund drove his number 21 to victory in three hours and 17 minutes. There were 2 cautions flags which slowed the race for 10 laps.
Weather played a critical role in Tiny Lund winning this race; with temperatures reaching up to 75 °F (24 °C) and wind speeds up to 20 miles per hour (32 km/h). Lund won by making only four pit stops, but he would not have been able to make the distance on four pit stops had the first ten laps not been run under caution to dry the track from earlier rains. Had the race not started under caution, Lund would have had to make five pit stops, just as Fred Lorenzen and Ned Jarrett did. He was able to win on four pit stops along because of the slow start time.
Jim Cushman, Bubba Farr, Dick Good, Ted Hairfield, and John Rogers retired from professional stock car racing after this event. Drivers who failed to qualify for the race were: Bobby Isaac (#99), Buck Baker (#87), Pete Stewart (#57), Cale Yarborough (#52), Larry Thomas (#36), Roy Mayne (#33), Chuck Daigh (#25), Rodger Ward (#16), Al Terrell (#9) and Bill Foster (#2).
First Daytona 500 starts for LeeRoy Yarbrough, H. B. Bailey, Stick Elliott, Wendell Scott, A. J. Foyt, Jim Hurtubise, and Bob Cooper. Only Daytona 500 starts for Troy Ruttman, Bob James, Red Foote, Len Sutton, Floyd Powell, Frank Graham, John Rogers, Dick Good, Bubba Farr, and Ted Hairfield. Last Daytona 500 starts for Nelson Stacy, Joe Weatherly, Tommy Irwin, Rex White, Ed Livingston, Jim Cushman, Herman Beam, Jim McGuirk, and Jack Smith.
Parnelli Jones, at the wheel of Bill Stroppe's factory-backed Mercury, comes home 15th in the second of his three Daytona 500 appearances. While a great finish wasn't in the cards here about three months later Jones would go on to win the Indianapolis 500.
The transition to purpose-built racecars began in the early 1960s and occurred gradually over that decade. Changes made to the sport by the late 1960s brought an end to the "strictly stock" vehicles of the 1950s.
This race marked the first time that ABC's Wide World of Sports covered the great American Race. It also helped to dispel the long-standing stereotypes of the Southern United States after the rest of the United States witnessed an emotional inspiring win.
Top ten finishers
|1||12||21||Tiny Lund||'63 Ford||200||$24,550||17||3:17:56|
|2||2||28||Fred Lorenzen||'63 Ford||200||$15,540||77||+24 seconds|
|3||8||11||Ned Jarrett||'63 Ford||200||$8,700||26||Lead lap under green flag|
|4||10||29||Nelson Stacy||'63 Ford||199||$8,275||0||+1 lap|
|5||11||0||Dan Gurney||'63 Ford||199||$3,550||0||+1 lap|
|6||23||43||Richard Petty||'63 Plymouth||198||$2,500||0||+2 laps|
|7||14||7A||Bobby Johns||'63 Pontiac||198||$2,600||10||+2 laps|
|8||26||8||Joe Weatherly||'63 Pontiac||197||$1,500||0||+3 laps|
|9||4||13||Johnny Rutherford||'63 Chevrolet||196||$1,250||0||+4 laps|
|10||13||44||Tommy Irwin (race car driver)||'63 Ford||195||$1,000||0||+5 laps|
- "1963 Daytona 500". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- "Weather History for the 1963 Daytona 500 race". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
- Auto editors of Consumer Guide. "1963 NASCAR Grand National Recap". HowStuffWorks, Inc ; Publications International, Ltd. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- Fleischman, Bill; Al Pearce (2004). "Race Results: 1949–2002; 1960". The Unauthorized NASCAR Fan Guide: 2004. 2004 (10 ed.). 43311 Joy Rd. #414, Canton, MI, 48187: Checkered Flag Press; Visible Ink Press. pp. 225–226 of 576. ISBN 0-681-27587-1.
- Retirements from NASCAR at Race Database
- Qualifying information for the 1963 Daytona 500 at Racing Reference