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Parnelli Jones

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Parnelli Jones
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Born: 12 August 1933
Children: P.J.

Former race car driver.  His son, P.J., is also a race car driver.

Accomplishments include:
1963 Indianapolis 500 Winner

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Parnelli Jones page on 24 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Rufus Parnell "Parnelli" Jones (born August 12, 1933 in Texarkana, Arkansas) is a retired American racing driver and race car owner. He is most remembered for his accomplishments at the Indianapolis 500. In 1962, he became the first driver to qualify over 150 mph. He won the race in 1963, then famously broke down while leading the 1967 race with three laps to go in a turbine car. During his career as an owner, he won the Indy 500 in 1970-1971 with driver Al Unser, Sr.

Jones won races in many types of vehicles: sports cars, IndyCars, sprint cars, midget cars, off-road vehicles, and stock cars. He is also remembered for bringing the stock block engine to USAC Sprint car racing as one of the "Chevy Twins" with Jim Hurtubise. He is associated with the famous Boss 302 Mustang with his wins using the engine in the 1970s. Jones' son P. J. Jones was also a diverse driver, with IndyCar and NASCAR starts and a championship in IMSA prototype sports cars. His other son Page Jones was an up-and-coming driver before suffering career ending (and life-threatening) injuries in a sprint car at the 4-Crown Nationals, and has been in rehabilitation, working with his father-in-law. Following the death of 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann, Jones is now the oldest living "500" winner.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
8 April 1997CART Media ConferenceParnelli Jones
P.J. Jones
23 October 2001CART Media ConferenceTownsend Bell
Parnelli Jones
18 November 2010Indy Racing League Media ConferenceDany Bahar
Randy Bernard
Parnelli Jones


Photographs

1967 Parnelli Jones Indianapolis 500 Turbine Car 1967 Indianapolis 500
Bill Jorgensen Resin Cars kit, Fred Cady Decals
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 NIMCON
July 17, 2010
View photo of 1967 Parnelli Jones Indianapolis 500 Turbine Car - 3,675KB
1967 Parnelli Jones Indianapolis 500 Turbine Car 1967 Indianapolis 500
Bill Jorgensen Resin Cars kit, Fred Cady Decals
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 NIMCON
July 17, 2010
View photo of 1967 Parnelli Jones Indianapolis 500 Turbine Car - 3,795KB
1967 Parnelli Jones Indianapolis 500 Turbine Car 1967 Indianapolis 500
Bill Jorgensen Resin Cars kit, Fred Cady Decals
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 NIMCON
July 17, 2010
View photo of 1967 Parnelli Jones Indianapolis 500 Turbine Car - 3,980KB
1967 Parnelli Jones Indianapolis 500 Turbine Car 1967 Indianapolis 500
Bill Jorgensen Resin Cars kit, Fred Cady Decals
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 NIMCON
July 17, 2010
View photo of 1967 Parnelli Jones Indianapolis 500 Turbine Car - 3,675KB
CARS in Miniature Parnelli Jones NASCAR Mercury Marauder Mercury Marauder
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
As shown at the January 2007 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
View photo of Parnelli Jones NASCAR Mercury Marauder - 1,043KB
CARS in Miniature Parnelli Jones NASCAR Mercury Marauder Mercury Marauder
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
As shown at the January 2007 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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CARS in Miniature Parnelli Jones NASCAR Mercury Marauder Mercury Marauder
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
As shown at the January 2007 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
View photo of Parnelli Jones NASCAR Mercury Marauder - 1,068KB
CARS in Miniature Parnelli Jones Trans Am Ford Mustang Trans Am Ford Mustang
Built by Steve Lohr
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
As shown at the January 2007 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
View photo of Parnelli Jones Trans Am Ford Mustang - 1,007KB


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - AMT T162Parnelli Jones Watson Roadster '63 Indy 500 Winner1:25 scale


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