PARNELLI JONES EXHIBIT OPENS AT NHRA MUSEUM WITH GALA RECEPTION
The WallyParksNHRAMotorsportsMuseum will honor American racing legend Parnelli Jones with a gala reception preceding the opening of an exhibit of Jones’ vehicles and memorabilia.
The salute will be at on Thursday, April 24. Jones, along with drivers who raced with him, will be there to meet fans. Tickets for the event are $50, with a corporate discount for groups. The exhibit runs April 26 through Aug. 31.
Jones’ career began in the late 1950s running sprints and midgets, but he made his mark at the Indianapolis 500. He was Rookie of the Year there in 1961, the first to go around the Brickyard at more than 150 mph and won the prestigious race as a driver in 1963 in “Old Calhoun,” according the NHRA Museum.
As a co-owner of the famous Vel’s Parnelli Racing Team he captured Indy titles in 1970 and ’71, as well as three consecutive USAC titles (1970-72).
Among the racing vehicles that will be on display at the museum are the 1969 Big Oly Bronco, the 1968 “infamous” Lotus Granatelli turbine and his 1965 Lotus For