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May 28, 1989 | SHAV GLICK
Johnny Rutherford, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner who missed qualifying for his 25th 500 when the engine blew on his car during last Sunday's final qualifying run, received the Jigger Award for the person having the worst luck leading to today's race. The Jigger Award, named for former driver Jigger Sirois, was presented to Rutherford by Dusty Brandel, president of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Assn. Galen Fox, chief mechanic for the Gohr Racing Team, whose driver is Tero Palmroth of Finland, was named winner of the Clint Brawner Mechanical Excellence Award.
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May 20, 2005 | SHAV GLICK
Twenty-five years ago, Johnny Rutherford drove a Ford-powered Chaparral known as "the Yellow Submarine" to victory in the Indianapolis 500, leading 118 of the 200 laps. This year, Rutherford will be leading the 500 again, but in his role as pace car driver during caution periods, he hopes he won't be in front nearly as long. "That was one of those years you dream about," he reminisced about his 1980 triumph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Thursday's practice session was rained out.
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May 22, 1994 | SHAV GLICK
Johnny Rutherford, a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, made a tearful retirement from racing Saturday morning after driving A.J. Foyt's car around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a farewell lap. "I had an urge to slip it in third or fourth gear and get it up to 225 (m.p.h.) and get in the qualifying line," Rutherford said. "It is still hard to believe that I'm not out there trying to get in the race." The No.
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April 28, 1985 | Associated Press
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced an increase of $40,000 in lap prize money for the May 26 Indianapolis 500. Drivers will get $450 for each lap leading the race, up from $250 for each of the 200 laps a year ago. Three-time winner Al Unser holds the career Speedway record for lap prize money with $101,150. Four-time winner A.J. Foyt is next with $97,716. Other current drivers among the top 10 in all-time lap prizes are Gordon Johncock, Rick Mears, Johnny Rutherford and Tom Sneva.
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May 10, 1990
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford was hospitalized with a concussion Wednesday in Indianapolis after his second crash during the opening week of practice for the May 27 race. Rutherford, 52, was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital, where he was in good condition. Officials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said that Rutherford was alert but would be kept overnight.
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May 24, 1987 | MIKE KUPPER, Times Assistant Sports Editor
Anyone who stays in the same business for 25 years is likely to experience the highest highs and the lowest lows that business has to offer. Johnny Rutherford has been driving race cars for better than 25 years and he knows all about that. Boy, does he know about that! In April of 1966, for instance, just weeks after signing with one of the leading Indy car teams, he flipped in a sprint car race at Eldora Raceway in Rossburg, Ohio, and broke both his arms, missing the rest of the season.
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May 10, 1990
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford was hospitalized with a concussion Wednesday in Indianapolis after his second crash during the opening week of practice for the May 27 race. Rutherford, 52, was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital, where he was in good condition. Officials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said that Rutherford was alert but would be kept overnight.
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May 28, 1989 | SHAV GLICK
Johnny Rutherford, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner who missed qualifying for his 25th 500 when the engine blew on his car during last Sunday's final qualifying run, received the Jigger Award for the person having the worst luck leading to today's race. The Jigger Award, named for former driver Jigger Sirois, was presented to Rutherford by Dusty Brandel, president of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Assn. Galen Fox, chief mechanic for the Gohr Racing Team, whose driver is Tero Palmroth of Finland, was named winner of the Clint Brawner Mechanical Excellence Award.
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May 27, 1989 | MIKE KUPPER, Times Assistant Sports Editor
Rich Vogler is one of those people who needed only 20 years to become an overnight sensation. Thanks to ESPN's new "Thursday Night Thunder" series, thousands of viewers have discovered sprint car and midget auto racing--and Vogler. "I'll walk into a store somewhere and I'll hear girls mumbling, 'Is that him? Isn't that Rich Vogler?' " he said. Not surprising, since little has happened in those types of racing the last decade or so that Vogler hasn't had a foot in. He has won the national championship five times since 1978, and the 1980 national sprint car title as well.
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May 22, 1989 | MIKE HARRIS, Associated Press
The fastest 33-car field in racing history will start the May 28 Indianapolis 500 without three-time winner Johnny Rutherford, whose last-minute qualifying attempt blew up Sunday along with the engine in the car he borrowed from A.J Foyt. Rutherford, 51, was bumped from the lineup by Rich Vogler with under 15 minutes remaining on the final day of time trials. But Foyt, a fellow Texan and longtime friend, put Rutherford into a Cosworth-powered Lola, got the car through technical inspection and onto the 2 1/2-mile oval one minute before the scheduled close of the track.
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August 3, 1986 | Associated Press
Johnny Rutherford didn't even know he had taken the lead on the way to his hard-earned victory Saturday in the Michigan 500 before a crowd estimated at 70,000. The 48-year-old Rutherford, becoming the oldest driver ever to win an Indy car event, had been trailing Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner. "My crew chief, John Capels, didn't get on the radio and tell me that Rahal had dropped out," said Rutherford, smiling widely.
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May 24, 1987 | MIKE KUPPER, Times Assistant Sports Editor
Anyone who stays in the same business for 25 years is likely to experience the highest highs and the lowest lows that business has to offer. Johnny Rutherford has been driving race cars for better than 25 years and he knows all about that. Boy, does he know about that! In April of 1966, for instance, just weeks after signing with one of the leading Indy car teams, he flipped in a sprint car race at Eldora Raceway in Rossburg, Ohio, and broke both his arms, missing the rest of the season.
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