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Johnny Rutherford

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Johnny Rutherford
Person

Born:  March 12, 1938

Former race car driver.

His accomplishments include:

  • 1980 PPG Indy Car World Series Champion

    Page Sections
    Photographs
    Article Index
    Collectible Cards
    Racing Record


    Photographs

    Johnny Rutherford 1974 McLaren M16 Indianapolis 500 Winning Car Model 1974 Indianapolis 500 Winning Car
    McLaren M16

    Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
    2009 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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    Johnny Rutherford 1974 McLaren M16 Indianapolis 500 Winning Car Model 1974 Indianapolis 500 Winning Car
    McLaren M16

    Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
    2009 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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    Johnny Rutherford at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
    Photo courtesy Photo ©John Walczak.  All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
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    Johnny Rutherford at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
    Photo courtesy Photo ©John Walczak.  All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
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    Article Index

    DateArticleAgency/Author/Speaker
    June 6, 2006Indy Racing League Media ConferenceJohnny Rutherford
    Tomas Scheckter
    August 10, 2006Indy Racing League Media ConferenceJohn Lewis
    Andy Randall
    Johnny Rutherford


    Collectible Cards

    YearSet#NameCar #SponsorNotes
    1991All World Racing54Johnny RutherfordConseco
    1991All World Racing931980 P.P.G. Champion Johnny RutherfordPennzoil


    Racing Record

    Racing Record Notes

    Winston Cup Career Statistics

    YearPos.PointsStartsPolesWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
    1975131040000$4,425
    1976125020000$2,745
    1977124030000$4,150
    1981331143120012$38,095
    1988904610000$3,775

    Win List

    DateSeriesRaceTrack
    1963Grand NationalDaytona Beach, Florida


    Race-by-Race Record

    DateSeriesRaceTrackMake#SponsorStartFinishStatusPointsEarnings
    February 16, 1975Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayChevrolet08D. Allison Racing1127Out (Broken Valve)PE$1,475
    March 23, 1975Winston CupAtlanta 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayChevrolet83Smithville Farms632Out (Wrecked)PE$1,075
    July 4, 1975Winston CupFireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayChevrolet83Smithville Farms2140Out (Transmission)PE$960
    October 5, 1975Winston CupNational 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayChevrolet83Smithville Farms1034Out (Bent Rear Axle)PE$915
    July 4, 1976Winston CupFireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayChevrolet77Hy Gain2120Out (Rear End Housing)PE$1,740
    October 10, 1976Winston CupNational 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayChevrolet77Hy Gain1831Out (Engine Failure)PE$1,005
    February 20, 1977Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayChevrolet77T.E. Happy Legs4041Out (Vibration)PE$1,725
    March 20, 1977Winston CupAtlanta 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayChevrolet77T. Edwards2340Out (Broken Valve)PE$560
    August 7, 1977Winston CupTalladega 500Talladega SuperspeedwayChevrolet51Gilmore1221Out (Driver Fatigue)PE$1,865
    February 15, 1981Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayPontiac98Levi Garrett3510Running134/0$17,285
    March 1, 1981Winston CupCarolina 500North Carolina Motor SpeedwayPontiac98Levi Garrett2812Running127/0$1,870
    March 15, 1981Winston CupCoca-Cola 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayPontiac98Levi Garrett3312Running127/0$2,575
    April 12, 1981Winston CupCRC Rebel 500Darlington RacewayPontiac98Levi Garrett2428Out (Accident)79/0$1,100
    June 21, 1981Winston CupGabriel 400Michigan International SpeedwayPontiac98Levi Garrett1817Running112/0$1,350
    July 4, 1981Winston CupFireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayPontiac98Levi Garrett95Running155/0$7,075
    August 16, 1981Winston CupChampion 400Michigan International SpeedwayPontiac98Levi Garrett1613Running129/5$2,175
    September 7, 1981Winston CupSouthern 500Darlington RacewayPontiac98Levi Garrett2533Out (Water Pump)PE$1,625
    September 13, 1981Winston CupWrangler SanforSet 400Richmond International RacewayPontiac98Levi Garrett2431Out (Accident)70/0$525
    October 11, 1981Winston CupNational 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayBuick98Levi Garrett2727Out (Broken Rod)82/0$1,250
    November 1, 1981Winston CupAmerican 500North Carolina Motor SpeedwayBuick98Levi Garrett1129Out (Accident)76/0$625
    November 8, 1981Winston CupAtlanta Journal 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayBuick98Levi Garrett2737Out (Transmission)52/0$640


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