Gordon Johncock

Racing Driver
Born Aug 5, 1937
Age 78
Hometown Hastings

Gordon Johncock is a former racing driver, best known as a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the 1976 USAC Marlboro Championship Trail champion. Johncock was most often simply referred to as "Gordy."

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1937 Birth Born in 1937.


1965 28 Years Old Johncock's first USAC victory was scored at the Milwaukee Mile in August 1965.


1973 36 Years Old 1 More Event
He won six further races before winning the Indy 500 in 1973.
1975 38 Years Old In the 1975 Indianapolis 500, he started the race on the front row but retired with ignition problems on the 11th lap.
1976 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Johncock won the USAC national title in 1976, snatching the title from Johnny Rutherford in the final race of the season at Phoenix International Raceway.


1979 42 Years Old Johncock had the distinction of winning the first CART sanctioned Indycar race at Phoenix in March 1979, and he won one further race until May 1982.
1982 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Johncock took a second Indianapolis 500 victory in 1982, winning by .16 second over Rick Mears. … Read More
1985 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Johncock abruptly retired from Indycar racing during the first week of practice for the 1985 Indianapolis 500, just before qualifications.
1986 49 Years Old He planned to enter the 1986 Indianapolis 500, but his funding for a car fell through. … Read More


1987 50 Years Old He attempted another return in 1987. … Read More
1991 54 Years Old Johncock completed a sixth place finish in the 1991 Indy 500.
1992 55 Years Old His final race was the 1992 Indy 500, where he dropped out with engine failure. … Read More


2004 67 Years Old He participated in a 2004 interview on ESPN Classic's "Big Ticket" review of the 1982 Indy 500. … Read More
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