… 30 Days in May … Day 21

Posted: May 26, 2018 in Uncategorized


Indianapolis 500 Insights

By: Jeff Majeski — Jeff’s Indy Talk

— 30 Days in May — Day 21 —

No. 21 — Cale Yarborough — 1971 Gene White Firestone Mongoose/Ford

A three-time consecutive Cup champion and four-time Daytona 500 winner, Yarborough was a legendary driver in NASCAR.

For the 1971 season, however, he found himself “between manufacturers” on the stock-car circuit, so Yarborough basically ended up being a full-time Championship (IndyCar) division shoe in USAC.

He finished 16th in the point standings in 1971, with a pair of fifth-place finishes (at the first Trenton race and at Michigan) his best results.

At Indianapolis, Yarborough started 14th and finished 16th, retiring with a cam failure after 140 laps.

He made the last of his four Indianapolis starts in 1972, when he finished 10th.



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