Gordon Johncock
American racing driver
Gordon Johncock
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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Get revved up for another season of action on West Michigan race tracks - MLive.com
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Drivers such as Gordon Johncock of Hastings, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, and Johnny Benson Jr. of Grand Rapids, who won championships in NASCAR's Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, honed their skills on local tracks before heading to
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Auctions America event grows in second year - fwdailynews.com
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a series of Indianapolis 500 pace cars including a 1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible given to Gordon Johncock after he won the 1973 Indianapolis 500 race; and a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro used during race week by Mari Hulman George,
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IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Preview - Kansas City Star
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Franchitti also scored his 25th open-wheel racing victory, which at the time placed him in a tie with Gordon Johncock for 12th on the all-time winners' list. Since then, he has added five more titles to his credit and ranks ninth, one behind Paul Tracy
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Williams Grove Speedway hosting WoO - Tarentum Valley News Dispatch
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Gordon Johncock, who twice won the Indianapolis 500 (1973, 1982) won the first Summer Nationals in 1963. Sammy Swindell won last year's Summer Nationals. After the races at Williams Grove, the series heads to New York for a show at Lebanon Valley
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Newman-Haas Racing Takes Third At Milwaukee Mile - Patch.com
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The list of drivers who have raced or won at Milwaukee reads like a who's who list of racing – Barney Oldfield, Rex Mays, Tony Bettenhausen, AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Johnny Rutherford, Gordon Johncock, Rick Mears, Michael Andretti,
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Speed is not the answer for NASCAR - San Bernardino Sun
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In fact, in the past 55 weeks, Franchitti has zipped past Tommy Milton, Bobby Rahal, Ralph DePalma, Gordon Johncock and Rodger Ward. Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais are next on the list at 31. Franchitti already might have passed them if he hadn't
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Franchitti Humbled to be in 'Strange Company' - 1070 The Fan - Indianapolis
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It's select company - surpassing Tommy Milton, Bobby Rahal, Ralph DePalma, Gordon Johncock, Rodger Ward and Johnny Rutherford over the past 55 weeks - and the reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion can't fathom himself in the room
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'Old-school mechanic' from Monona has fashioned memorable open-wheel career - Capital Times
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Homburg's first race win as a crew member with Patrick Racing came at the 1982 Indy 500, when Gordon Johncock edged Rick Mears by 0.16 of a second. At the time, the finish was the closest in race history. It now ranks third in the history books,
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RACER SPECIAL: Mile's better - Racer
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“Milwaukee was all about being aggressive and that was my kind of place,” says Gordon Johncock. “If you could get your car working a little better than the other guys, it made you look like superman,” reckons Tom Sneva. “I wish we had three or four
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30 Years Ago - Mike Mosley Wins 1981 Rex Mays Classic - RacingNation.com
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Gordon Johncock placed Pat Patrick's light-blue and day-glo orange STP Oil Treatment Wildcat-Cosworth on the pole at a speed of 134.700 mph. Bobby Unser positioned his blue Norton Spirit Penske PC9B-Cosworth alongside on the front row
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IndyCar Series: Firestone Twin 275s - Drivers' Post-Race Notes & Quotes - Auto Racing Daily
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Dixon has finished second 25times in his Indy car career - tying Dario Franchitti and Gordon Johncock for ninth on the all-time list. Ryan Briscoe finished third, his third top-three finish of the season. WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske,
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Foyt, Dirt Cars And The Milwaukee Mile - RacingNation.com
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He sat on the pole in the white, red and blue Sheraton-Thompson Special out qualifying 25 other cars including drivers such as Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney and Gordon Johncock who were driving in newer sleeker rear-engine cars
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INDYCAR: Double-Header History Lesson - SPEEDtv.com
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Oval-track bully Gordon Johncock earned his lone road course victory and Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti and Al Unser feasted on this format. Bobby Unser captured the inaugural set and Rick Mears swept the last pair 30 years ago. From 1967 to 1981,
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Whittemore Speedway kicks off 2011 season with wild night - The Bay City Times - MLive.com
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Gordon Johncock's #20 Camaro pace car is parked at the front of the line. WHITTEMORE — The 2011 season at Whittemore Speedway kicked off last Saturday. With two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock in attendance to drive the pace car fans were
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Indianapolis 500 Analysis: Wheldon Wins, Hildebrand Chokes - Opposing Views
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For whatever reason, I can recall that Gordon Johncock's hometown is Coldwater, Mich. I remember that because I always look up cities I've never heard of. Back in 1982, Johncock had a healthy lead over Rick Mears before his lead shrank to .16 seconds
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Indy's best races - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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1982: Rick Mears relentlessly chopped down Gordon Johncock's large lead late as Johncock struggled with handling. Mears looked ready to take the lead early in the final lap, but Johncock expertly cut him off. Mears finally moved to Johncock's side in
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Indianapolis Hall of Fame Dinner - RacingNation.com
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During his career as a mechanic and strategist, he worked with some of the sport's most outstanding drivers, including Andretti, Tom Sneva, Bobby Unser, Rick Mears, Al Unser, Nigel Mansell, Gordon Johncock, Emerson Fittipaldi and Danny Sullivan
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Timeline
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 74
    A year later, Speedway officials again invited him to attend, and he did return to the Speedway and participated in pre-race festivities at the 2012 race.
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  • 2011
    Age 73
    Johncock chose not to attend the 2011 Indianapolis 500, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first race.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the fact that all living former participants, and particularly living former winners, were invited, Johncock did not attend any of the festivities, seemingly by choice.
  • 2004
    Age 66
    He participated in a 2004 interview on ESPN Classic's "Big Ticket" review of the 1982 Indy 500.
    More Details Hide Details In the interview, he admitted that his interests in racing were now limited, and was no longer his daily focus. In discussing the 1973 race, Johncock appeared to have made peace with the circumstances. While most discredit the race as being rain-shortened, and for its overall miserable memories, Johncock insisted that his car was undoubtedly the fastest on the track, led easily, and was not simply in front at the time of the red flag by chance.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 54
    His final race was the 1992 Indy 500, where he dropped out with engine failure.
    More Details Hide Details Since his retirement, Johncock has distanced himself from motorsports, and focuses on his timber business in Michigan.
  • 1991
    Age 53
    Johncock completed a sixth-place finish in the 1991 Indy 500, despite having flu-like symptoms the morning of the race.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 49
    He attempted another return in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details During the first week of time trials, Jim Crawford suffered serious injuries to his feet. Johncock was hired to drive in replacement, and qualified for the race.
  • 1986
    Age 48
    He planned to enter the 1986 Indianapolis 500, but his funding for a car fell through.
    More Details Hide Details He wound up sitting out the race.
  • 1985
    Age 47
    He served on the IMS Radio Network in 1985, but decided to return to racing in 1986.
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    Johncock abruptly retired from Indycar racing during the first week of practice for the 1985 Indianapolis 500, just before qualifications.
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  • 1982
    Age 44
    Johncock, who started 3rd on the grid, won the 200 mile, 132 lap race at an average of 146.133 mph from the Penske-Cosworth of Al Unser and John Paul, Jr. in a 1982 model Penske-Cosworth.
    More Details Hide Details Johncock competed in twenty-one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events in his career. He earned three top-fives and four top-tens in his limited schedules. The best of those finishes were a pair of fourths in 1973 at Daytona and 1966 at Rockingham.
    Johncock took a second Indianapolis 500 victory in 1982, winning by .16 second over Rick Mears.
    More Details Hide Details This remains the fourth-closest Indy 500 finish in history. (Al Unser Jr.'s .043-second victory over Scott Goodyear in 1992 was the closest, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay's .0600-second victory ahead of Helio Castroneves in 2014, and Sam Hornish Jr's .0635-second victory ahead of Marco Andretti in 2006.) Mears was rapidly closing on Johncock in the final laps. In Mears' final pit stop, Mears' team made a miscalculation and filled his car with more fuel than it needed to finish the race. As a consequence Mears had to catch up a significant distance on Johncock, and on the 197th and 198th laps came from 3 seconds back to within car lengths. Johncock's tires were deteriorating by the lap, and with each turn the car understeered more severely. On the final lap, just after the white flag waved, Mears tried to pass Johncock for the win, with Johncock making a decisive defense of first place in Turn One, and Johncock began pulling away. In turn 4, Mears reeled him in and made a pass, but lost by 16-hundredths of a second (25 feet), which was at that time, the closest finish in Indy 500 history (now the 4th closest).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 38
    In 1976 and 1978 he finished third at Indianapolis, and in 1977 he was leading A. J. Foyt when the car's crankshaft broke with sixteen laps to go.
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    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 37
    In the 1975 Indianapolis 500, he started the race on the front row but retired with ignition problems on the 11th lap.
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  • 1973
    Age 35
    At the 1973 Indianapolis 500, Johncock was racing for STP/Patrick Racing.
    More Details Hide Details A major accident at the start involving Salt Walther, coupled with two days of rain, postponed the race until late Wednesday afternoon. When the race was held, Johncock's teammate Swede Savage was severely injured in a fiery crash on lap 58. A moment later, Armando Teran, a pit crew member on the same STP/Patrick team, was struck by a fire truck going northbound in the pits, and was fatally injured at the scene. When the race resumed, Johncock who had led the most laps, was leading when rain fell again on the 133rd lap. Nearing 6 p.m. in the evening, the race was red flagged and declared over. After a short and muted victory lane celebration, Johncock went to visit Savage at the hospital. Afterward, the celebratory victory banquet was cancelled. Instead, Johncock and his crew went to a local fast-food joint for hamburgers. About a month later, Savage died from his injuries.
    He won six further races before winning the Indy 500 in 1973.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 27
    Johncock's first USAC victory was scored at the Milwaukee Mile in August 1965.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Age -2
    Born on August 5, 1936.
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