February 28, 2005 |
One of the more memorable moments in the Indianapolis 500 winner's circle came in 1969, when car owner Andy Granatelli planted a kiss on driver Mario Andretti. Two years earlier a gearbox problem with three laps remaining had kept Granatelli and driver Parnelli Jones out of the winner's circle. Granatelli was honored Saturday night at the 14th annual Paralysis Project of America sports legends awards dinner at the Omni Hotel, and he was introduced by Jones.
May 24, 2004 |
Parnelli Jones, perhaps the toughest guy to drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was in tears Sunday. His 35-year-old son, P.J., had just qualified for his first Indianapolis 500, 41 years after Parnelli won the race they call the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." "I never wanted my boys to be race car drivers because I know it's a dangerous sport," Parnelli said, "but this is something special. It will mean a lot to Page." Page Jones, a couple of years younger than P.J.
May 20, 2003 |
A 4-year-old race car built in Glendale, a 29-year-old former jalopy driver from Torrance and a flamboyant Stetson-wearing car owner from San Pedro teamed 40 years ago this week to win one of the most memorable Indianapolis 500s. "Who do you think you are, Parnelli Jones?" was a byword for anyone caught speeding in the 1960s. It was Jones, driving a well-worn Ol' Calhoun, built by A.J. Watson and owned by J.C.
April 24, 2002 |
Parnelli Jones is disappointed by the one thing in auto racing that bothers him. NASCAR doesn't send him a hard card that allows him entry into its events. Never mind that Jones won plenty of the organization's stock car races. "CART sends me a hard card every year. So does the IRL. USAC gives me a lifetime card," Jones says, warming up to his subject like an old roadster readying to peel out of pit lane. "NASCAR has never done anything like that for me.
April 30, 1999 |
Bernie Lincicome of the Chicago Tribune writes that the great thing about golf is that golfers never go away, unlike athletes in other sports who retire. "They just rent carts and move the tees up. Arnold Palmer is still there to be seen, and Jack Nicklaus will be back. "Julius Boros was an avid fisherman who carried a fishing rod in his golf bag in case of delays near a water hazard. "He was asked when he was going to retire. 'To what?' he asked."
April 5, 1998 |
While most say they are hoping for dry conditions today for the running of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, excuse P.J. Jones if he says his fingers are crossed, hoping for rain. Jones had the best individual qualifying effort in a provisional session in Toyota's three-year Champ car history on Saturday under wet, slippery conditions. Jones, son of racing legend Parnelli Jones and driver for Dan Gurney's Santa Ana-based All American Racers, was 14th in afternoon qualifying at 89.297 mph.