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Parnelli Jones and team owner J.C. Agajanian at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1963. Jones won the pole in Agajanian’s No. 98 and won the fastest Indy 500 on record. (SPEED SPORT Archives photo)

Glory Days: It’s Parnelli’s Indy 500

Parnelli Jones gently steered the Agajanian Willard Battery Special into victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, moments after winning the fastest, richest and most talked about 500-mile Memorial Day classic in history. 

It was a race that is almost certain to prompt drastic design changes in the nation’s open cockpit race cars.

Fast wasn’t the word for it.

The 29-year-old Torrance, Calif., speedster surpassed Rodger Ward’s 1962 winning speed by nearly three mph, completing the grind in 3 hours, 29 minutes and 35.40 seconds for a sizzling 143.137 mph.


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