On Parnelli Jones’ 88th birthday, Jake Query and Mike Thomsen discuss the career of the 1963 Indy 500 winner. They talk about how Rufus Jones became known as Parnelli and we hear some historic audio, including from his ‘63 victory and how winning the “500” changed his life. They’re joined by Donald Davidson, Historian Emeritus of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to talk about Parnelli’s many close calls in the Indy 500, and how Jones is one of the best to ever drive at 16th and Georgetown, even though he had just seven starts. We hear from Parnelli about his rivalry with A.J. Foyt, and continue talking with Donald Davidson. To wrap up the show, Donald remembers his former coworker and friend Bob Jenkins, who passed away earlier this week.
Jake and Mike look back at the career of Parnelli Jones