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Johnnie Parsons (July 4, 1918 – September 8, 1984) was an American race car driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1950.

Parsons had the dubious distinction of being the only Indianapolis 500 winner to have his name misspelled on the Borg-Warner Trophy. Silversmiths carved "Johnny" instead of "Johnnie." The error was corrected posthumously when the trophy was restored in 1991. He had a son named Johnny who competed at Indy a dozen times.

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Racing career

Parsons first raced in open wheel cars on the West Coast of the United States in a midget car. He won the 1942 season championship in the United Midget Association. He won 18 feature events in the abbreviated season. [1] Parsons began racing in the AAA after World War II. He captured the third feature in the 1948 Night Before the 500 midget race at the 16th Street Speedway. Parsons finished second in his first Indy 500 in 1949. He won the season championship that season. He also won the 1950 Indianapolis 500. He won the 1955 Turkey Night Grand Prix midget car race.

After he retired, he became the Chief Steward for the United States Automobile Club Midget division on the West Coast in the 1970s.

Awards

Indy 500 results

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1949 12 12 132.900 2 2 200 0 Running
1950 1 5 132.044 8 1 138 115 Running
1951 3 8 132.154 28 21 87 0 Magneto
1952 5 31 135.328 19 10 200 0 Running
1953 21 8 137.667 3 26 86 0 Crankshaft
1954 15 15 139.578 6 32 79 0 Stalled in pits
1955 16 27 136.809 27 21 119 0 Magneto
1956 98 6 144.144 7 4 200 16 Running
1957 18 17 140.784 21 16 195 0 Flagged
1958 45 6 144.683 6 12 200 0 Running
Totals 1504 131
Starts 10
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 1
Top 5 3
Top 10 4
Retired 4

World Championship career summary

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Johnnie Parsons participated in 9 World Championship races. He won 1 race, set 1 fastest leading lap, and finished on the podium once. He accumulated a total of 12 championship points.

References

  1. ^ a b Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
Awards
Preceded by
Bill Holland
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1950
Succeeded by
Lee Wallard
Records
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
38 years, 331 days
(1950 Monaco GP)
Youngest Grand Prix Race
Winner

31 years, 330 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by
José Froilán González
28 years, 282 days
(1951 British GP)
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
38 years, 331 days
(1950 Monaco GP)
Youngest driver to set
Fastest Lap in Formula One

31 years, 330 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by
José Froilán González
29 years, 338 days
(1952 Italian GP)
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
38 years, 323 days
(1950 British GP)
Youngest Race Leader,
For at least one lap in Formula One

31 years, 330 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by
Jimmy Davies
21 years, 285 days
(1951 Indianapolis 500)
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