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1973 Indy 500 Winner Johncock STP 73 Eagle

A crowd estimated at 250,000 swarmed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grandstands and infield on pole day, May 12, 1973 eagerly anticipating the possibility of witnessing the breaking of the elusive 200 mph barrier. New engine and tire technology had allowed practice speeds to reach an unofficial track record of 199.4 mph.

Gordon Johncock, driving this Eagle/Offy led the early pace, however Johnny Rutherford upped the speed and found himself on the pole, at 198.413, for race day.

Rain delayed the 57th running of the Indy 500, and further rain, lightening, hail and a tornado warning prevented the green flag from dropping for 3 days.

on Wednesday the sun came out, the track dried and some 35,000 fans returned. When the rain returned at lap 133 officials called the race, pronouncing Gordon Johncock the winner.
Source Unser Racing Museum
Author Janet DeVesty
Date 2015-02-04
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