One day in the media center I was talking with Rodger Ward Jr and somehow the subject of his Dad’s 2 Indy 500 winners rings came up. He was kind enough to show them to me. Rodger Ward was my favorite driver growing up because he was a winner but also because he would attend services at the same church I was a member of as a youngster, the Speedway Christian Church.
This well known photo took place in 1967. Johnny Carson came to Indy and drove Parnelli’s STP turbine. I remember him saying on the “Tonight Show” he got it up to about 135MPH.