Vintage Indy Cars Set For Pocono
* No. 64, a white, 1971 Brawner/McGee Scorpion Ford that belongs to Doug and Karen Winslow of Cleveland, Ohio. Mario Andretti drove Brawner cars from 1965 through 1969. Art Pollard drove this one in the 1971 Indy 500.
* No. 26, a blue and white, 1966 Lola Offy owned by John Darlington of Indianapolis. This supercharged car was Rodger Ward’s last ride at Indy. It is a sister car to ones driven by Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill.
Stewart led by over a lap late in that year’s Indy 500 until he suffered mechanical difficulties and dropped out. Hill inherited the lead and went on to win, while Stewart was voted Rookie of the Year. Defending race winner Jimmy Clark spun twice but finished second.
The car on display started 13th and finished 15th, completing 74 laps before dropping out with mechanical difficulties.
That was the year that 11 cars, or a third of the field, were eliminated in a massive crash on the frontstretch right after taking the green, marking the year the fewest number of cars were still running at the checkered. Incidentally, none of the 11 drivers were injured during the crash except for A.J. Foyt, who hurt his hand when he climbed the catch fence while leaving the scene.
Mondschein and Brad Edwards of Indianapolis will drive Ward’s No. 26 during the Pocono exhibition.
* No. 69, a blue and white 1988 Lola Cosworth DFX owned by Norbert Ziemann of Alexandria, Va. Bernard Jourdain started 20th in this car in the 1989 Indy 500 and finished ninth, and was named the co-Rookie of the Year with Scott Pruett. Jourdain is the uncle of fellow racer Michel Jourdain Jr.
Ziemann, who often lets children pose for photos with the car during down times, said Mario Andretti drove this Lola a couple of times in other champ car races too.
* No. 3, a maroon and tan 1947 Kurtis Kraft Offy stretched midget sprint car owned by John B. Haines IV of Pennsburg, Pa. He founded and is co-chairman of Haines & Kibblehouse (H&K Group) of Skippack, Pa., which paved Pocono Raceway in 1998 and again in 2011-2012.
This car used to be owned and wrenched by Ken Hickey. Haines will drive it during the Pocono exhibition, but in the past it was driven by Ernie McCoy, Dick Linder and Jim Hurtubise.
* No. 26, a red and white 1968 Gerhardt Chevy owned by Toney Edwards of Greenwood, Ind.
* No. 30, the 1988 March Cosworth Domino’s Pizza car driven by Raul Boesel. It’s also owned by Edwards today. It started 20th and finished seventh in the 1988 Indy 500. Boesel was the point leader going into the race, but Michael Andretti was the leader afterwards thanks to a fourth-place finish.
* No. 43, a red 1961 Kurtis Offy roadster driven by Ray Brady now owned by renowned race car collector Raymond Boissoneau of Manchester, N.H.
* No. 2, a replica of the white and red 1963 Sheraton-Thompson Special roadster driven by A.J. Foyt. It is owned by Wayne Laucius of Mount Bethel, Pa.