May 6, 2012
Parnelli Jones will celebrate the 50th anniversary of breaking the 150 mph barrier in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 by driving the No. 98 Agajanian Willard Battery Watson-Offy roadster on Pole Day (May 19) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jones, the 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner, is scheduled to turn laps in the famous car, nicknamed "Calhoun," at about 4 p.m. Jones won the pole for the 1962 Indianapolis 500 in the car with a four-lap average speed of 150.370 mph. The IMS Hall of Fame Museum now owns the car.
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It's the second consecutive year Jones will drive a historical car at IMS. Last May he drove the Marmon "Wasp," which Ray Harroun guided to victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.
"Last May it was an honor to drive the Marmon 'Wasp' around Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the Centennial Celebration -- not for just one lap but for three laps," Jones said. "This year to drive in 'Calhoun,' the car that was such an important part of my Indianapolis career, it will be like getting together with an old pal. We've seen lots of good and bad times together.
"It will be fun to drive around the Speedway again. That's always fun, especially in a car that means so much to me. We've been through it all! What if I want to stay out on the track and keep driving? Who's going to make me pull in?"
Graham Rahal Foundation receives sizable gift
The Graham Rahal Foundation and the Jessie Rees Foundation will received $10,000 each from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope.
Rahal's foundation supports SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman (formerly the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps) and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Colts-Foyt golf event May 22 to benefit charity
Headlined by a special appearance by legendary four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, the Indianapolis Colts "Foyt Family Wines" Inaugural Golf Classic Presented by BullWear will tee off for charity May 22 at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A portion of the proceeds from the golf event and a silent auction will benefit The Healing Place, Inc., a non-profit organization formed to reach the homeless, offer recovery for the addicted and help restore productive lives.
Foyt Family Wines owners Larry Foyt and A.J. Foyt IV will serve as hosts for the event that will feature appearances by several IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and celebrity guests.
Limited registration for public players is available at www.foytwines.com/foytgolf.
Team Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves and Will Power will greet fans and sign autogrpahs from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (ET) May 14 at Penske Chevrolet in Carmel, Ind.