Johnny Rutherford

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John Sherman "Johnny" Rutherford III (born March 12, 1938), also known as "Lone Star JR", is an American former automobile racing driver.wikipedia
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1974 Indianapolis 500

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He is one of ten drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 at least three times, winning in 1974, 1976, and 1980.
Johnny Rutherford, in his eleventh attempt, won the race from the 25th starting position, the farthest back since Louis Meyer in 1936.

1980 Indianapolis 500

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He is one of ten drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 at least three times, winning in 1974, 1976, and 1980. Rutherford won pole position at the Indy 500 in 1973, 1976, and 1980.
Johnny Rutherford won the pole position, led 118 laps, and won the race by a commanding 29.92 second margin.

1976 Indianapolis 500

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He is one of ten drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 at least three times, winning in 1974, 1976, and 1980. Rutherford won pole position at the Indy 500 in 1973, 1976, and 1980.
Polesitter Johnny Rutherford took the lead on lap 80, and was leading when rain halted the race on lap 103.

1973 Indianapolis 500

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Rutherford won pole position at the Indy 500 in 1973, 1976, and 1980.
Later that same day, Johnny Rutherford set a new track record during time trials.

1963 Indianapolis 500

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Rutherford made his first start in the Indianapolis 500 in 1963.

1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000

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In October 1977, Rutherford travelled 'down under' to compete in Australia's most famous motor race, the Bathurst 1000 km (800 mi) touring car race at the Mount Panorama Circuit.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford made his only start in this race alongside his team mate Janet Guthrie, a fellow USAC Marlboro Championship Trail driver and the first woman to ever qualify for the Indianapolis 500 only months before.

United States Auto Club

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Rutherford later joined the United States Auto Club (USAC) starting in the Hoosier Hundred and later winning his first championship.

1964 Indianapolis 500

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The following year he was directly behind Eddie Sachs when Sachs plowed into the burning car of Dave MacDonald, killing both drivers.
As he passed Johnny Rutherford and Sachs, Rutherford noticed MacDonald's car was handling poorly, zig-zagging, and throwing grass and dirt up from the edge of the track.

1994 Indianapolis 500

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During the month of May 1994, Rutherford officially retired from racing.
Indy veterans Al Unser, Sr. and Johnny Rutherford also retired in the days leading up to the race.

Eddie Sachs

The following year he was directly behind Eddie Sachs when Sachs plowed into the burning car of Dave MacDonald, killing both drivers.
Johnny Rutherford, following Sachs, having no place to go except into the inferno, decided his only chance was to power his way through.

Indianapolis 500

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He is one of ten drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 at least three times, winning in 1974, 1976, and 1980.
The Offenhauser engine was also paired with a European maker, McLaren, obtaining three wins for the chassis, one with the Penske team in 1972 with driver Mark Donohue, and two for the McLaren works team in 1974 and 1976 with Johnny Rutherford.

Johnny Ray (racing driver)

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Following his recovery, Ray went on to own cars driven by Dale Earnhardt, Johnny Rutherford, and Chuck Bown during the late 1970s; he also owned a team in the 1990s for his son, Kevin Ray, competing on a limited basis in the NASCAR Busch Series and the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series.

Dave MacDonald

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The following year he was directly behind Eddie Sachs when Sachs plowed into the burning car of Dave MacDonald, killing both drivers.
As he passed Johnny Rutherford and Eddie Sachs, Rutherford noticed that MacDonald's car was very loose.

Stock car racing

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Rutherford began racing modified stock cars in 1959 and he also dabbled in stock car racing, making 35 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series starts from 1963 to 1988.
Johnny Rutherford, a three-time winner at Indy, has the rare distinction of winning his first NASCAR start, a qualifying race for the 1963 Daytona 500.

Ron Hodgson Motors

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There, partnering fellow Indianapolis racer Janet Guthrie (who earlier that year had become the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500), Rutherford drove a V8 powered Holden Torana for the team that had won the 1976 race, Ron Hodgson Motors.
In 1977 the team ran an all-American line-up consisting of the then two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford and Janet Guthrie, and in 1978 a European line-up of the then one-tine 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Derek Bell and Dieter Quester.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network

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Starting in 1989, Rutherford began serving as the driver analyst on the IMS Radio Network.

1979 Gould Twin Dixie 125

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Johnny Rutherford won the pole for the first race, with Gordon Johncock starting second, Mike Mosley in third, Danny Ongais in fourth, and Tom Sneva in fifth.

Bud Moore Engineering

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Bobby Johns, Johnny Rutherford, and Darel Dieringer also saw time in the car, with Dieringer winning at Augusta Speedway.

Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix

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Long considered a popular Indy car track, Phoenix saw a crash involving Johnny Rutherford (1980), and the final career victory for Mario Andretti (1993).

1980 CART PPG Indy Car World Series

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The PPG Indy Car World Series Drivers' Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Johnny Rutherford.

1979 Arizona Republic / Jimmy Bryan 150

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Johnny Rutherford started third, Danny Ongais started fourth, and Rick Mears rounded out the top five starters.

ABC Supply 500

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Several major crashes in the latter years injured several drivers, including Johnny Rutherford, Kevin Cogan, John Andretti, Arie Luyendyk, Michael Greenfield, and Mario Andretti.

1979 SCCA/CART Indy Car Series

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Mike Mosley finished second, Johnny Rutherford third, Rick Mears fourth and Wally Dallenbach fifth.

1979 Indianapolis 500

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Among the drivers affected were Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Sr., Johnny Rutherford, Danny Ongais, Gordon Johncock, Steve Krisiloff, and Wally Dallenbach – some of the top names in the sport.