- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

RIP Jim Rathmann

1960 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann has passed away at the age of 83 in Melbourne, Florida.

Rathmann competed at Indianapolis 14 times, with 1 win (1960) 5 top 5's (3 2nds), 7 top 10's, 6 races led (153 laps, 37th all-time), racking up 3 front row starts, and piloted the pace car 6 times (1969, 1972-74, 1978 & 1982) tied for the most all time with Sam Hanks.

For much more on the life and career of the racing legend visit IMS historian Donald Davidson's post at IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com

The loss of Rathmann leaves Parnelli Jones with the distinction of the oldest living '500' winner at the age of 78.

RIP Jim Rathmann

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