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Rufus Parnell “Parnelli” Jones

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Rufus Parnell “Parnelli” Jones Famous memorial

Birth
Texarkana, Miller County, Arkansas, USA
Death
4 Jun 2024 (aged 90)
Torrance, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
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Hall of Fame Race Car Driver. He was best known to auto racing fans as the winner of the 1963 Indianapolis 500. He started racing cars in his teens and later raced in stock cars and Sprint cars. He raced in his first Indianapolis 500 in 1961 and was named its Rookie of the Year. He went on to win the famed race in 1963. His racing career would last until he retired after the 1974 Baja 500, where he had a major accident. During his racing career, he had 6 wins in the Indy car racing circuit and 4 NASCAR Cup Series wins. Besides the Indy 500 win in 1963, his other major wins were 2 Baja 1000 wins in both 1971 and 1972. In 1969, he became the owner of Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing and his racing team became one of the most successful teams in the auto racing field. He also later owned various businesses selling tires and other automotive parts. He was honored with inductions to various auto racing halls of fame.

Hall of Fame Race Car Driver. He was best known to auto racing fans as the winner of the 1963 Indianapolis 500. He started racing cars in his teens and later raced in stock cars and Sprint cars. He raced in his first Indianapolis 500 in 1961 and was named its Rookie of the Year. He went on to win the famed race in 1963. His racing career would last until he retired after the 1974 Baja 500, where he had a major accident. During his racing career, he had 6 wins in the Indy car racing circuit and 4 NASCAR Cup Series wins. Besides the Indy 500 win in 1963, his other major wins were 2 Baja 1000 wins in both 1971 and 1972. In 1969, he became the owner of Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing and his racing team became one of the most successful teams in the auto racing field. He also later owned various businesses selling tires and other automotive parts. He was honored with inductions to various auto racing halls of fame.

Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye



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