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1962 Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

Wednesday, May 30, 1962
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Jones, 1m01.00
United States
1962 season:

Taken from the Motor Sport Archive

Of the 33 cars that qualified for this year's 500-Mile Race there was one that did not conform to normal Indianapolis design. This was the Harvey Aluminium Special driven by Dan Gurney, who had qualified at 147 m.p.h. for the third row of the grid, compared with the 150-m.p.h. speed of Pamelli Jones, the fastest qualifier. The King-Dragster Mickey Thompson caused three Harvey cars to be entered, designed and built by Thompson Enterprises and financed by the Harvey Aluminium Company. Based on Cooper/Lotus Grand Prix lines with independent suspension all round, a tubular space-frame, and rear engine mounting, they were powered by specially enlarged and tuned Buick V8 engines. Gurney was the only one to qualify of the three entered.

In the race Gurney could not challenge the real Indianapolis champions, but was well placed among the general run of things until the final-drive gave out. The race itself ran true to form with the famous Indianapolis drivers in 4.2-litre Offenhauser powered cars battling wheel-to-wheel for the lead, with fantastic pit stops in which three wheels would be changed and the car refuelled in well under 30 seconds.