September 28, 2012-Rodger Ward’s winners rings

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.

Rodger Ward Jr holds his Dad’s 500 winning rings

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.

From 1967-Johnny Carson, with Mario, Rodger and Parnelli

 

1959 Winner

1962 winner

 

 

 

 

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