johnnie Parsons



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Johnnie's # 1 in the middle of a bunch of race cars

Johnnie is a rare sprint car appearance at Pomona in 1951

Johnnie with a big trophy

Johnnie after a big win

Johnnie getting a kiss after winning Indy

Johnnie 1950 Indy win

Johnnie celebrating his big win

Johnnie in his car

Johnnie in the car with others

Johnnie in # 1

Johnnie in # 1

Johnnie in # 1

Johnnie in # 12

Johnnie in # 16 in 1955

Johnnie in # 16 in 1956

Johnnie in # 15

Johnnie in 1952 at Indy in a Ferrari

Johnnie in # 6 Ferrari at Indy

Johnnie in # 1

Johnnie in 1950 Indy winner # 1

Johnnie in # 31

Johnnie in # 15

Johnnie in # 6

Johnnie # 6

Johnnie in # 12



Johnnie in # 6 on left in 1950

Johnnie posing with # 1

Never Look Back

Art work from indy

Johnnie and a memorial art work

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(July 4, 1918 – September 8, 1984) was an American race car driver from Los Angeles, California who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1950. During his race career, he drove for several seasons, including his AAA championship and 500 win, for Ed Walsh’s team. Ed was an owner of Kurtis Kraft, the leading constructor of AAA champ cars. Jonnie was a charger, needing cars to race against, frequently moving from last on the grid to a win in spectacular displays of dirt track driving ability. Jonnie Parsons had the dubious distinction of being the only Indianapolis 500 winner to have his name misspelled on the Borg-Warner Trophy. Silversmiths carved "johnnie" instead of "Johnnie." He had a son named johnnie who competed at Indy a dozen times.

Parsons first raced in open wheel cars on the West Coast of the United States in a midget car. He won the 1942 season championship in the United Midget Association. He won 18 feature events in the abbreviated season.[2] Parsons began racing in the AAA after World War II. He captured the third feature in the 1948 Night Before the 500 midget race at the 16th Street Speedway. Parsons finished second in his first Indy 500 in 1949. He won the season championship that season. He also won the 1950 Indianapolis 500. He won the 1955 Turkey Night Grand Prix midget car race.

After he retired, he became the Chief Steward for the USAC Midget division on the West Coast in the 1970s.

Parsons initially failed to qualify for the 1957 Indianapolis 500. However, Dick Rathmann (who had qualified) was mugged the day before the race and therefore deemed unable to drive. Parsons was selected as replacement driver for the car and allowed to start from the position Dick Rathmann had qualified the car at (in later years such a driver change would see the car in question moved to the rear of the field).

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Johnnie Parsons participated in 9 World Championship races. He won 1 race, set 1 fastest leading lap, and finished on the podium once. He accumulated a total of 12 championship points.

Parsons is one of only three drivers to win on his world championship début. The other two are Giuseppe Farina, who won the first world championship grand prix, the 1950 British Grand Prix, and Giancarlo Baghetti, who won the 1961 French Grand Prix

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