Johnny Parsons

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Johnny Parsons
Nationality United States
Born(1944-08-26) August 26, 1944 (age 69)
Van Nuys, California
Retired1996
Related toJohnnie Parsons (father)
Dana Carter (half brother)
Pancho Carter (half brother)
American Championship Car
Years active1969-1996
TeamsHopkins Racing
Wysard Racing
Arciero Racing
Leader Cards Racing
Blueprint Racing
Starts106
Wins0
Poles2
Best finish10th in 1976 (USAC)
Previous series
1979Super Vee
Awards
1994National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
 
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Johnny Parsons
Nationality United States
Born(1944-08-26) August 26, 1944 (age 69)
Van Nuys, California
Retired1996
Related toJohnnie Parsons (father)
Dana Carter (half brother)
Pancho Carter (half brother)
American Championship Car
Years active1969-1996
TeamsHopkins Racing
Wysard Racing
Arciero Racing
Leader Cards Racing
Blueprint Racing
Starts106
Wins0
Poles2
Best finish10th in 1976 (USAC)
Previous series
1979Super Vee
Awards
1994National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame

Johnny Parsons (born August 26, 1944 in Van Nuys, California) is an American racecar driver.

Racing family[edit]

Parsons is the son of Arza and 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner Johnnie Parsons. His parents divorced, and Johnny was raised with half-brothers Dana and Pancho Carter, the product of Arza's marriage with Duane Carter. The Carters grew up racing quarter-midgets in Indianapolis.[1]

Parsons started twelve Indianapolis 500 races. His last Indy 500 start was the 1996 Indianapolis 500. His best finish was fifth in 1977 and 1985.

Parsons finished second in the 1977 USAC National points. Parsons has also twice finished second in the USAC championship dirt cars.[1]

Parsons won 29 midget car features (as of 1994), including major wins at: the 4-Crown Nationals midget car feature twice, the 1979 Hut Hundred, and the 1986 Copper Classic midget feature.[1] He has won two Silver Crown and five sprint car features.[1]

When Davey Hamilton decided to come out of retirement to run in the 2007 Indy 500, Parsons replaced him as the driver expert for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network's broadcasts of race activities.

Career award[edit]

Indy 500 results[edit]

YearChassisEngineStartFinish
1969Failed to Qualify
1973KingOffyPractice Crash
1974FinleyOffy29th26th
1975EagleOffy12th19th
1976EagleOffy14th12th
1977WildcatDGS11th5th
1978LightningOffy8th10th
1979LightningDGS9th32nd
1980LightningOffy7th26th
1981LightningChevroletFailed to Qualify
1982MarchCosworth25th20th
1983PenskeCosworth23rd22nd
1984PenskeCosworthFailed to Qualify
1985MarchCosworth26th5th
1986MarchCosworth28th27th
1987MarchBuickFailed to Qualify
1988MarchCosworthFailed to Qualify
1989March/LolaCosworthFailed to Qualify
1991LolaCosworthFailed to Qualify
1992LolaBuickFailed to Qualify
1993ChevroletFailed to Qualify
1994LolaGreenfield[disambiguation needed]Failed to Qualify
1995ReynardFord-CosworthFailed to Qualify
1996LolaMenard-Buick27th28th

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame