Parnelli Jones, Kenny Brack, Gil de Ferran and Tom Sneva round out the impressive lineup of 11 Indianapolis 500 winners who will drive iconic winning cars of the "500" during pre-race ceremonies Sunday, May 29 for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500.
1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Jones will provide one of the highlights of the day when he drives the No. 32 Marmon "Wasp" that won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 with Ray Harroun. It will be only the third time the car has been driven on the famed IMS oval on Race Day since Harroun crossed the finish line in 1911.
"When I was a rookie in 1961, I remember Ray Harroun driving around the track on Race Day," Jones said. "Looking at the car then, it represented so much history at the track. Now that the track is 100 years old, the Wasp has even more special meaning for me.
"I was in Indy a month ago and I went to the Hall of Fame Museum to get a good look at the Wasp – I wanted to really look at it. It will be very, very special to drive it on Race Day. I want to thank the Speedway for that. Maybe I need to start to get into shape and work out! I really look forward to driving the car and seeing the 2011 Indy 500 – the 100th anniversary for the race and the 50th anniversary of me driving in my first '500.'"
A comprehensive list of participants, with the years of their victories and the cars they will drive on race morning:
- Parnelli Jones (1963): The No. 32 Marmon "Wasp" that won in 1911 with Ray Harroun.
- Kenny Brack (1999): The No. 9 Target G Force-Oldsmobile that won in 2000 with Juan Pablo Montoya.
- Gil de Ferran (2003): The No. 66 Sunoco McLaren that won in 1972 with Mark Donohue. It was the first of a record 15 victories for legendary team owner Roger Penske.
- Tom Sneva (1983): The Belond Salih-Offy that won in 1957 with Sam Hanks and 1958 with Jimmy Bryan.
- Mario Andretti (1969): The Boyle Maserati that won in 1939 and 1940 with Wilbur Shaw.
- Arie Luyendyk (1990, 1997): The No. 30 Domino's Pizza Lola-Chevrolet Indy in which Luyendyk won in 1990. Luyendyk averaged 185.981 mph, which stands as the race record.
- Bobby Rahal (1986): The No. 14 Miller that won in 1928 with Louis Meyer.
- Johnny Rutherford (1974, 1976, 1980): The No. 4 Pennzoil Chaparral-Cosworth in which Rutherford won in 1980. The car is nicknamed "The Yellow Submarine."
- Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987): The No. 82 Lotus-Ford that won in 1965 with Jim Clark. This is the first rear-engine car to win the "500."
- Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994): The Blue Crown Spark Plug Diedt-Offy that won in 1947 and 1948 with Mauri Rose.
- Bobby Unser (1968, 1975, 1981): The No. 8 National that won in 1912 with Joe Dawson. The car features a second seat for a riding mechanic, which will be filled by Unser's wife, Lisa, on race day.
Brack said it will be tough to resist the temptation to stay in Montoya's car past the ceremonial laps.
"I just want to know if they will let me stay out there after the slow laps," Brack said. "I'd really like to win the Indy 500 again, and if I got an hour or so head start, I just might be able to do it!
"Seriously, I can't wait to drive the car and see the other historic cars from the Museum that will be on the track on Race Day. Race Morning is always so electric, but I am sure this display will be very cool for everyone, the drivers and the fans."
All of the cars also are on display throughout April and May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum in the largest collection of Indianapolis 500-winning cars ever assembled. The exhibit features 67 winning cars, representing 71 Indianapolis 500 victories.