… 30 Days in May … Day 20

Posted: May 19, 2018 in Uncategorized


Indianapolis 500 Insights

By: Jeff Majeski — Jeff’s Indy Talk

30 Days in MayDay 20

No. 20 — Gordon Johncock — 1975 Sinmast Wildcat/DGS

Starting in 1973 and over the next 10-plus years, Johncock was synonymous with the number 20 and Patrick Racing.

For 1975, he had a new sponsor, a new chassis and a new engine. It all added up to a fast combination, as Johncock was among the leaders every day in practice and held the pole for a while before A.J. Foyt bumped him off with a run late in the day.

Johncock jumped to the lead at the start of the race, but fell out after just 11 laps and finished 31st. DGS stood for Drake, Goosen and Sparks, as in engine pioneers Dale Drake, Leo Goosen and Art Sparks.

The name was something of a tribute by George Bignotti, who helped modify an Offy engine to create the DGS.



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