My Formula 5000
Rutherford started driving modifieds at the Devils Bowl Speedway in
Dallas, Texas in the spring of 1959. After two years he started driving
lMCA sprint cars, led the points standings most of 1962 until he joined
USAC with his first Championship ride at the Hoosier Hundred. He
finished fifth in the final IMCA standings even though he didn’t finish
the year. He drove USAC Championship cars and moved to sprint cars
in the early 1960s until a spectacular flip at Eldora, Ohio in 1966 when
he suffered two broken arms. Although he has been running at
Indianapolis since 1963, he never managed to finish a 500 until this
year when he put it all together with a Team McLaren machine to win
the rich event. Following Indy, he has put together wins at Milwaukee
and the Pocono 500, becoming the first driver in history to have
scored wins in two of the three events counting for the USAC Triple
Crown  He is no stranger to The Glen, Having competed here last
season in the Six Hours as a CO-driver with John Greenwood in a
Corvette.. Greenwood set the fastest time for a Group 4 car in
qualifying and then Rutherford took his turn, setting a lap record here
which still stands as the fastest race lap in a Group 4 car. He is also
familiar with road circuits, having driven in the early days of the Trans-
Am Championship. This weekend he returns to Watkins as the
teammate of his Indy mate, David Hobbs, in a Carl Hogan Racing
LolaT330, a new car is on order and is expected to be ready for the
remainder of the season, a Lola T332.
Lola T330
Johnny Rutherford
photo & profile 1974
Residents, Fort Worth, TX
Born March 12, 1938