Legendary driver Parnelli Jones will be saluted in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of his victory in the 1963 Indianapolis 500 during “Legends Day Honoring Parnelli Jones” on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jones drove the No. 98 Agajanian Willard Battery Watson/Offy roadster, nicknamed “Calhoun,” to victory from the pole in the 47th Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1963. Jones will drive the fabled car May 25 in parade laps on the 2.5-mile oval, accompanied by 34 other Indianapolis 500 front-engine roadsters.
Jones, the 1961 Indianapolis 500 co-Rookie of the Year, will participate in a question-and-answer session with fans May 25 on the Coca-Cola Stage in the Pagoda Plaza, followed by an autograph session.
Other featured events on “Legends Day Honoring Parnelli Jones” will include the annual Public Drivers’ Meeting on pit road adjacent to the Tower Terrace grandstand, autograph sessions with the 2013 Indianapolis 500 starting field of 33 drivers and former Indy 500 drivers, and a huge Indianapolis 500 memorabilia show.
Admission to IMS on “Legends Day Honoring Parnelli Jones” will be $10 for adults, with children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.
Longtime California resident Jones also won the pole in 1962 at 150.370 mph, the first single lap and four-lap qualifying average faster than 150 mph in Indianapolis 500 history. Jones finished in the top 10 four times in seven “500″ starts. He led 492 laps, still seventh among all-time lap leaders.
Jones also won “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 1970 and 1971 as co-owner of Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing, which fielded the famed Johnny Lightning Special for driver Al Unser.
The 97th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26.