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After Long Beach
Pos. Driver Points

1 Will Power 93
2 Mike Conway 66
3 Simon Pagenaud 60
4 Helio Castroneves 55
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 54
6 Scott Dixon 51
7 Carlos Munoz 48
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 47
9 Mikhail Aleshin 46
10 Sebastian Saavedra 42
11 Tony Kanaan 40
12 Justin Wilson 38
13 Takuma Sato 36
14 Josef Newgarden 34
15 Ryan Briscoe 33
16 Sebastien Bourdais 33
17 Graham Rahal 33
18 Marco Andretti 32
19 Carlos Huertas 32
20 Oriol Servia 26
21 Jack Hawksworth 24
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 17

T1 Will Power 1
T1 Mike Conway 1

Podium Finishes
1 Will Power 2
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T2 Helio Castroneves 1
T2 Mike Conway 1
T2 Carlos Munoz 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 74
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 51
3 Takuma Sato 33
4 Scott Dixon 22
5 Mike Conway 4
6 Sebastian Saavedra 3
7 Helio Castroneves 2
8 Josef Newgarden 1

Prize Money
1 Will Power $50,000
T2 Mike Conway $30,000
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay $30,000
4 Simon Pagenaud $18,000
5 Takuma Sato $17,000
T6 Helio Castroneves $15,000
T6 Carlos Munoz $15,000
T8 Juan Pablo Montoya $10,000
T8 Scott Dixon $10,000
T10 Mikhail Aleshin $8,000
T10 Tony Kanaan $8,000
12 Oriol Servia $7,000
T13 Justin Wilson $5,000
T13 Marco Andretti $5,000
T15 Sebastian Saavedra $4,000
T15 Josef Newgarden $4,000
T17 Ryan Briscoe $2,000
T17 Carlos Huertas $2,000

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 93
2 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 60
4 3 Team Penske 55
5 28 Andretti Autosport 54
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 51
7 34 Andretti Autosport HVM Racing 48
8 2 Team Penske 47
9 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 46
10 17 KV AFS Racing 42
11 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 40
12 19 Dale Coyne Racing 38
13 14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises 36
14 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 34
15 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 33
16 11 KVSH Racing 33
17 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 33
18 25 Andretti Autosport 32
19 18 Dale Coyne Racing 32
20 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 26
21 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 24
22 27 Andretti Autosport 20
23 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 17

Finishing Average
1 Will Power 1.5
2 Simon Pagenaud 5
T3 Helio Castroneves 7
T3 Oriol Servia 7
5 Scott Dixon 8
6 Mike Conway 8.5
7 Mikhail Aleshin 9
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 9.5
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 10
T9 Carlos Munoz 10
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 11
T12 Tony Kanaan 12
T12 Justin Wilson 12
T14 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
T14 Sebastien Bourdais 13.5
T14 Graham Rahal 13.5
T17 Josef Newgarden 14
T17 Carlos Huertas 14
19 Takuma Sato 14.5
20 Marco Andretti 15
21 Jack Hawksworth 18
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 21.5

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 1
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T2 Scott Dixon 1
T2 Tony Kanaan 1
T2 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T2 Will Power 1
T2 Takuma Sato 1
T2 Marco Andretti 1
T2 James Hinchcliffe 1
T2 Josef Newgarden 1
T2 Simon Pagenaud 1
T2 Jack Hawksworth 1

Qualifying Average
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
2 Scott Dixon 6
3 Jack Hawksworth 6.5
4 Marco Andretti 7
5 Tony Kanaan 7.5
T6 Takuma Sato 8
T6 Sebastien Bourdais 8
T8 Will Power 9
T8 Carlos Munoz 9
10 Helio Castroneves 9.5
11 Simon Pagenaud 10
12 James Hinchcliffe 10.5
13 Oriol Servia 12
T14 Josef Newgarden 13
T14 Justin Wilson 13
16 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
17 Mike Conway 14.5
18 Sebastian Saavedra 16.5
19 Juan Pablo Montoya 17
20 Mikhail Aleshin 17.5
21 Carlos Huertas 19
22 Charlie Kimball 19.5
23 Graham Rahal 22
Jim Clark and Ford started a new era at Indy in 1965

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Jim Clark dominating Indy in 1965
As part of Ford Racing’s continuing celebration of its 110-year anniversary, we present one of the most unique moments in open-wheel history.  In 1965, Ford Racing combined one of the world’s greatest drivers with one of NASCAR’s top crews to make Indianapolis 500 history.  Jim Clark’s win with the Wood Brothers was so memorable that when Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrates its Centennial event on Sunday, Clark’s No. 82 Lotus-Ford will run and be driven by Al Unser, Sr. as part of pre-race festivities representing the decade of the 1960’s

Ford Racing’s open-wheel program was still in its infancy when the 1965 Indianapolis 500 rolled around, but winning one of the most prestigious auto races in the world had become a priority for all involved.

This marked the third straight season Lotus-Ford team owner Colin Chapman and drivers Jim Clark and Dan Gurney were representing the Blue Oval and while steady progress had been made the previous two years with a controversial car that saw its engine mounted behind the driver, there were still some missing pieces.

“What had happened to us was we had come close to winning it and then there was the big Parnelli Jones-Jim Clark conflict in 1963,” recalled legendary Ford engine builder Mose Nowland.  “They wouldn’t black flag Parnelli for drizzling oil in a steady stream that covered the front of our Lotus, so we finished second but that was quite the controversy.  That hyped the desire to go and win that thing.”

Nowland, a Spirit of Ford Award winner, the highest honor the company can bestow in racing, was assembling and coordinating the build of the pushrod and then the new overhead cam engine during that time.  He spent the entire month of May at the speedway in 1963 and ’64, working with the teams on refining its state-of-the-art engine and race car.

“I believe that we set the pace for the future in 1963.  We had the push-rod engine and our ‘Cammer’.  The ’64 and ’65 engine was on the drawing board in ’63 and it was December of ’63 that we took the Cammer for the first test trip out to Kingman, Arizona.  Our driver at that time was Bobby Marshman, only because Jim Clark was tied up with some other commitments, but that was the beginning of the rear engine and V8s. 

“When we led most of the ’63 race and then Parnelli got ahead of us and had the oil leak, we had really showed our strength at that time and that was on a V8,” said Nowland, whose career at Ford has lasted over 50 years.  “Of course, ’63 was on gasoline and not alcohol, so we had some more power and torque available to us by switching over to alcohol and we did that with the Cammer engine.  There was a direct constant flow injection on that, so I would say we pretty much set the pace in ’63 and ’64 with the rear engine V8.”

So with the ’65 race drawing near everything seemed to be taking shape, but there was still an element that was missing.  Leo Beebe, who was special vehicles manager for Ford Division at the time, decided to try something unconventional.

“As far as the car and the engine, they were both in order and ready for the win,” said Nowland.  “The one thing Ford Motor Company thought we could improve on was the pit stop, so who is the best pit stop team of all?  The Wood Brothers.  So that’s who they went after.”

With their well-rehearsed choreography and quick reflexes, the Wood Brothers had revolutionized the modern-day pit stop in NASCAR.  Brothers Glen, Leonard, Delano and Ray Lee were the recognized leaders in their field and seeing if they could make the transition from stock cars to open-wheel models was a gamble worth taking.

The Wood Brothers crew arrived at the speedway a week before the 500, but did so with some initial trepidation.

“Are these guys gonna resent us being there,” wondered Leonard Wood.  “If they are, then it’s not gonna work.  But they were very nice and welcomed us with open arms.  They were glad we were there, so that made it work.  They turned us loose and let us prepare the car the way we wanted to and we began to streamline the system and make everything connect and disconnect easily so it didn’t hang up.”

Delano Wood summed up the way his brothers approached their open-wheel task saying, “I had never seen one, much less had anything to do with it, but we said if it could be done, we could do it.”

Now that the final puzzle piece of the pit crew was in place, all that remained was the race itself.

Since Ford debuted its rear-engine car two years earlier, the sport had rapidly shifted in a similar direction to the point where 27 of the 33 cars in the ’65 race had their engines mounted in the back of the car.  In addition, a new rule was put into effect for the race, making it mandatory for each team to make a minimum of two pit stops.

When the green flag flew, Clark and A.J. Foyt immediately engaged in a two-car duel for the lead.  The two swapped turns out front with Clark leading the first circuit and Foyt the second before Clark took control on lap three and began to dominate the field.  By the time he was scheduled to make his first pit stop on Lap 66, he had a 10-second lead.

“My role in it was to hold the long hose that wound around to the far side of the car,” said Delano Wood.  “Leonard was working that and I was holding the hose.”

After a 17-second stop for fuel only, Clark was off pit road and assumed the lead once again when Foyt had to come in for his initial service.

“Everybody thought we’d be in there for close to a minute,” said Leonard Wood.  “The commentator, Sam Hanks said, ‘You can bet they didn’t get it full with a green crew and all that.  They’ll be coming back in.’ So time went on and we didn’t come back in, so they questioned it and figured we must be running a mixture, where you don’t have to put in half as much.  So they went down and asked Chapman what he was running and he said, ‘Pure alcohol.’”

The Wood Brothers had already made an impact and solidified Clark’s lead.  When Foyt was forced to drop out with transmission problems 16 laps after the halfway mark, it left Jones as the only real challenger.  Clark came in for his second and final stop on Lap 137 with a two-minute cushion and sat calm and collected while the Wood Brothers filled his green-colored No. 82 Lotus powered by Ford machine with fuel in 24 seconds.

Clark, who led 190 of 200 laps, cruised to victory by 119.98 seconds to give Ford Racing its first win in the 500 and the first victory for a rear-engine car.  In addition, Clark was the first driver to average more than 150 miles per hour in a 500-mile race (150.686) and became the first foreign-born competitor to win since 1916.  He also went on to win the Formula 1 championship a few months later and remains the only man to win the Indianapolis 500 and F1 title in the same season.

Overshadowed by Jim Clark's dominating Indy in 1965 was the third place finish by then rookie Mario Andretti (Above)
Lost in all of the commotion of Clark’s dominating win was the fact Ford swept the top four finishing positions as Jones finished second with rookie Mario Andretti, third and Al Miller (Kruloc), fourth.  The win also started a run that saw Ford win ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ three straight years and six of the next seven.

Another streak was also started that day and it’s still intact today.  Every open-wheel race since that ’65 Indianapolis 500 has been won by a rear-engine car.

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