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Gordon Johncock is a former racing driver from the United States. He was born on August 5, 1936. He was victorious in the Indianapolis 500 twice and in the USAC Marlboro Championship Trail in 1976. Johncock got his start in the racing industry at the Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. 1964 was the beginning of Johncock’s career in both the USAC and CART/IndyCar when he started driving for Weinberger Racing. In 1964, he competed in four races before becoming a professional in 1965.
The Milwaukee Mile in August of 1965 was the site of Johncock’s maiden win in the USAC competition. After being winless in nine of his 16 appearances in 1966, he decided to build his team, Johncock Racing, and leave Gerhardt Racing after the year. Johncock Racing was named after him. Gilmore Broadcasting eventually became his principal sponsor, and at the time, Johncock was the only other “owner-driver” competing in the IndyCar series except for A. J. Foyt.
When Johncock’s team lost the Gilmore sponsorship at the end of 1970, things began to go from bad to worse, even though Johncock’s team had won six races over three years (1967-1969). Between 1970 and 1973, Johncock failed to win a single game, his team ceased operations, and he found himself filing for bankruptcy. In addition, he was going through the divorce process with his ex-wife.
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8740 Wickert Road
South Branch, MI 48761-9626
8740 Wickert Road
South Branch, MI 48761-9626
When Johncock became an STP/Patrick Racing squad member in preparation for the 1973 USAC season, his winless streak finally ended. The 1973 Indianapolis 500 was delayed until late Wednesday afternoon because of a severe accident at the start and two days of rain, which injured Salt Walther. The event was initially scheduled to begin on Sunday. During the actual competition, Johncock’s partner Swede Savage was involved in a horrific accident on lap 58, which left him with serious injuries.
Armando Teran, a pit crew member for the same STP/Patrick squad, was hit by a fire vehicle traveling northward in the pits only a few moments later. He succumbed to his injuries at the site of the accident. The race was restarted, and Johncock took the lead on lap 73. He continued to lead until the 133rd lap, when the rain started falling again. The red flag was waved, and the race was called off as the clock approached 6 o’clock.
Johncock saw Savage in the hospital shortly after the victory lane celebration, which had been relatively subdued. Following that, the celebratory victory luncheon was scrapped altogether. Instead, Johncock and his team decided to have hamburgers at a fast food establishment in the area. Savage passed away due to his injuries 33 days after the event.
(1) Full Name: Gordon Johncock
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In 1976, Johncock defeated Johnny Rutherford at Phoenix International Raceway in the last race of the season to win the USAC national championship. Johncock took the title away from Rutherford in dramatic fashion. In 1976 and 1978, he finished third at Indianapolis, and in 1977, he was leading A. J. Foyt until the car’s crankshaft failed with sixteen laps to go. In all three years, he had three podium finishes at Indianapolis.
In 1982, Johncock won the Indianapolis 500 for a second time, edging off Rick Mears by one car length. After falling behind on the last series of pit stops, Mears was swiftly closing in on Johncock in the final circuits of the race. On laps 197 and 198, he came from three seconds behind to within car lengths of Johncock’s lead. Mears eventually won the race by three seconds. The tires on Johncock’s automobile were worsening with each lap, and the understeer on the vehicle was getting worse with each turn.
Mears approached Johncock at the beginning of the last lap and attempted to overtake him for the victory. However, Johncock made a crucial defense of the first position at Turn One and held on to win by a margin of 0.16 seconds. Mears did not win. It was the race with the closest finish in history then, and it is still the race with the fourth-closest finish in history after the races in 1992, 2014, and 2006. Later on, Mears would make light of the situation by joking that he would watch the race many times “to see if this time I get around Gordy.”
Johncock said, many years later during a live interview on ABC, that if the dramatic battle had happened two or three years later — when Mears had extra expertise — it was likely that the Californian would have pulled off the winning pass. Before calling it quits as a full-time racer in 1985, Johncock competed in three other IndyCar races. One of those events was the 1982 Michigan 500, which allowed him to win the first two legs of what was then known as the Triple Crown (Indianapolis, Michigan, and Pocono).
After making a few cameo appearances in 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1991, he finally called it quits after competing in the 1992 Indianapolis 500.
At the beginning of the 1983 CART PPG Indy Car World Series, Johncock drove a Cosworth-powered Patrick Wildcat to victory in the first round at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This victory was Johncock’s most recent Indycar victory. The 1982 model Penske-Cosworth, driven by Al Unser and John Paul Jr., was passed by the Penske-Cosworth driven by Johncock, who started third on the field, to win the 200-mile, 132-lap race with an average speed of 146.133 miles per hour.
During the first week of practice for the 1985 Indianapolis 500, Johncock decided to end his career as an IndyCar racer just before he qualifying round. In 1985, he was a part of the IMS Radio Network, but in 1986, he decided to go back to racing. He had intended to compete in the 1986 Indianapolis 500 but could still look for the necessary funds for a vehicle. He did not end up participating in the race after all. In 1987, he made an additional effort to return. Jim Crawford’s feet were seriously injured during the first week of the time trials, which took place in the desert. After being recruited, Johncock was brought in as a substitute driver and qualified for the race.