He was nicknamed Parnelli by his boyhood friend Billy Calder, who hoped that the Jones family would not discover their son was racing cars as a year-old minor. The title caught the attention of promoter J.
Agajanianwho became his sponsor. Jones was named the Ocunty Rookie of the Yearan honor that he shared with Bobby Marshman.
Jones led early in the race and ran among the leaders until dscort hit in the face with a stone, bloodying his face, blurring his vision and slowing him to a 12th-place finish. Jones dominated the first two-thirds of the race until a brake line failure slowed him, and he settled for a seventh-place finish. Jones drives the car he drove in the Indianapolis from through around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track in In the Indianapolishe started on the pole.
This was the year the controversial Lotus-Ford rear-engined cars made t first appearance, and had ruffled the Indianapolis establishment.
Before the race, the chief steward, Harlan Fengler, told the teams that he would black-flag any cars that leaked oil on the track, warning, "Don't believe me, just try me. At that moment, driver Eddie Sachs crashed on the oil-slickened racing surface and brought out a yellow caution flag, slowing the field. Agajanian, Jones' car owner, argued with chief steward Harlan Fengler not to issue a black flag, insisting the oil level had dropped below the level of the crack, and that the leak had stopped.
As Agajanian pleaded with Fengler, Lotus head man Colin Chapman rushed spooane to the conversation and demanded that Fengler follow the rules about disqualifying cars with oil leaks. With the end of the race just minutes away, Fengler took no action, and Jones went on to win. The Lotus-Ford team, while unhappy with the obvious favoritism displayed by race officials toward Jones and Agajanian, also acknowledged Jones' clear superiority in the event.
In addition, Ford officials recognized that a victory through disqualification of Clark's biggest competitor would not be well received by the public, so they declined to protest. Jones won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the car, and broke the stock car speed record. He won the Turkey Night Grand Prix midget car event. Mercury decided to pull out spokanr stock car racing after the season. He won five of the nine midget car events that he entered inincluding the Turkey Night Grand Prix.
He finished fourteenth in the final points despite competing in only nine of 65 events. Jones dominated the race but dropped out with three laps to go when a small, inexpensive transmission bearing broke. Afterturbine-powered cars were legislated out of competitiveness. Stroppe suggested that Jones try his hand at off-road racing in front of a large crowd at a Christmas party in Jones at first said no, since he had enough of dirt.
Stroppe suggested that maybe off-road racing was too hard for Jones, and the challenge started Vxlley off-road career. Jones had never driven or pre-run the Ford Bronco. Jones hit a dry wash at full speed, which broke the wheels and blew out the front tires.
Jones would later have a guest appearance in the original film Gone in 60 Seconds featuring him and his Bronco which was stolen in the plot. Jones had become hooked on off-road racing. Jones, testing his reworked car in practice, was dissatisfied with the car's performance compared to the newer "wedge"-shaped Lotus 56 turbines, and had concluded the car was unsafe.
He stepped out of the car, which was subsequently ased to Joe Leonard, who promptly wrecked the car in practice. Jones retired from driving IndyCars, but later admitted, "If I hadn't already won Indy, they could never have kept me out of that car. The Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame describes Jones' racing style: "Jones and Stroppe had to find a way to keep their vehicles in one piece.
During races Jones would push the vehicles at maximum speeds until they gave way, with Stroppe telling him at top volume the entire time to take it easier on the vehicle.
Jones named the vehicle "Big Oly" after his sponsor Olympia Beer. Jones had major wins in the season.
He won his second Mexican in 16 hours and 42 minutes. He also won the Baja and Mint spoiane events. Jones had a major accident at SCORE International 's Bajaand stepped away from full-time off-road racing to become a race car owner. Parnelli's dominance of the extremely competitive season brought Ford the manufacturer's championship.
Driving career summary[ edit ] Jones retired with six IndyCar wins and twelve pole positions, four wins in 34 NASCAR starts, including the Motor Spokanee at Riverside 25 midget car feature wins in occasional races between and and 25 career sprint car wins. He advanced to the final championship round and placed 6th overall.
Car owner[ edit ] Indianapolis winning car 2. The winning car 1 is visible to the left. Jones owned the Parnelli Formula One race team from late to earlyalthough it achieved little success. Jones owned vehicles that took class wins at the Baja and Baja Narrated by Bob Varshathe film wscort viewers behind the scenes of the Indianapolisthrough the eyes and experiences of Parnelli Jones.