… 30 Days in May … Day 7

Posted: May 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 — Indianapolis 500 Insights

By: Jeff Majeske — Jeff’s Indy Talk

30 Days in May Day 6

No. 7 — Johnny Rutherford, 1973 Gulf McLaren/Offy

Rutherford, after some lean years, joined McLaren for the 1973 season and rewarded their faith by becoming the closest to achieving the magic 200 mph lap in qualifying.

The third lap of his run, 199.071 mph, was just 21/100ths of a second short.

Dogged by mechanical trouble, Rutherford finished a disappointing ninth in the race.

Better days were ahead for both Rutherford and McLaren, with two Indianapolis 500 wins in the next three years.



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