LONE STAR JR RRDC LONG BEACH DINNER HONOREE
He raced in what is called IndyCar’s golden era, when the cars were lightning fast and the drivers bad-ass – the likes of Foyt, Andretti, Parnelli, Mears and the Unsers.
Lone Star Johnny came up the hard way, racing sprint cars and modifieds. In 1963, driving for the legendary Smokey Yunick, he became the youngest driver to win a NASCAR race.
Two years later, he won the USAC Sprint Car Championship. And the next year he broke both arms when his car flipped over the fence and out of Eldora Speedway.
His breakthrough at Indy came in the mid-1970s when he drove for McLaren and delivered two Indy 500 wins and a second place over three consecutive years. In 1980 he slipped behind the wheel of Jim Hall’s “Yellow Submarine” Chaparral and torpedoed the competition, winning the series championship and dominating on the ovals.
Johnny was quite an accomplished road racer as well, driving a Porsche 935 to second in the 1978 Daytona 24 Hours.
But the legend of JR is about more than just race victories, it’s about the man – the champion who always has time to sign an autograph or pose for a selfie. He’s been the ultimate ambassador for our sport.
This year the RRDC is proud to honor Johnny Rutherford at our 10th Annual Legends Dinner at Long Beach where he’ll join an elite group of honorees, including the late Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti, Roger Penske and Jim Hall.
We hope you will join us for another great evening of camaraderie and tall tales about one of racing’s greatest eras.
Outdoor cocktails featuring some very cool race cars will commence at 6:00; dinner is at 7:15 sharp.
Get your tickets early, it’s sure to be another sellout.
Bobby Rahal, RRDC President
Long Beach Hilton, Thursday, April 12
Seats $200 ($175 for RRDC members only) in advance (or $225/$200 at the door)
Reservations Required (to email@example.com)
Send checks to John C. Fergus, RRDC Treasurer, 8377 Green Meadows Drive N, Suite A, Lewis Center, OH 43035.
Our thanks to John Mahoney, Pete Biro, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Star, Dave Friedman, Robin Miller, Tom Davey and Paul Laguette.
All proceeds go toward the RRDC’s young driver initiatives: SAFEisFAST and TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP