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Johnny Rutherford

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Johnny Rutherford

Former U.S. automobile racer known for being one of nine drivers to win the prestigious Indianapolis 500 mile race at least three times add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1938.

Countries: United States (50%), (25%), Michigan (17%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Indianapolis 500, NASCAR, Michigan

Linked to: Cosworth, Offenhauser, NASCAR, Brabham




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Johnny Rutherford was born in 1938 add something


In 1959, Rutherford started driving modified stock cars in Dallas add something


Rutherford began racing modified stock cars in 1959 and he dabbled in stock car racing, making 35 NASCAR Winston Cup starts from 1963 to 1988 add something


He joined the International Motor Contest Association sprint car circuit in 1961 leading it for most of 1962 add something


Rutherford set a world record for speed in his first qualifying effort in a stock car during qualifying for the 1963 Daytona 500 add something


Rutherford's NASCAR Winston Cup career included 35 starts from 1963 to 1988 add something


He won the USAC National Sprint Car Championship in 1965 add something


He was forced to sit out the 1966 Indy 500 add something


On April 3, 1966, Rutherford suffered a serious crash at Eldora Speedway add something


McLaren - Further American triumph followed, with Indianapolis 500 wins in McLaren cars for Mark Donohue in 1972 and Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and 1976


In 1973, Rutherford set a one-lap track record of 199,071 mph, falling just shy of becoming the first driver to break the 200 mph barrier at Indianapolis add something


Rutherford won pole position at the Indy 500 in 1973, 1976, and 1980 add something


McLaren - The 1973 event saw Johnny Rutherford join the team; he qualified on pole but finished ninth, Revson crashed out


His first Indy 500 win in 1974, with Betty looking on from the pits, helped to end the taboo in American racing against allowing women in the pit area add something


Rutherford won that race in 1974, 1976, and 1980 add something


Victories at the Indy 500 for him came in 1974, 1976 and 1980 add something


In 1984, at Michigan International Speedway, Rutherford set an all time Indy car qualifying lap speed record of 215,189 mph add something


He became the first driver to win all three 500 mile races, in 1986, by winning the Michigan 500 add something


Rutherford's 24th and final start at Indianapolis would be 1988 add something


He failed to qualify at Indy in three attempts and was not able to find a ride in 1991 or 1993 add something


Starting in 1989, Rutherford began serving as the driver analyst on the IMS Radio Network add something


During the month of May 1994, Rutherford officially retired from racing add something


At its inception in 1996, Rutherford took a full-time position as an official with the IRL, serving as pace car driver and driver coach add something


Rutherford was the honorary chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 2006 add something


Sarah Fisher - In March 2016, Fisher accepted an offer by IndyCar's president of competition and operations Jay Frye to be the series' pace car driver for 14 out of 16 races, after the aging Johnny Rutherford had reduced his workload to just the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500