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Road to 100: 1962

Posted at 4:42 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-04 17:10:50-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Construction of the City-County Building, a cornerstone of Indianapolis' downtown landscape, was completed in 1962.

The 28-story tower was the tallest in the city at the time.

And excitement was building at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as well, with history being made during the first day of time trials for the 46th running of the Indianapolis 500.

That's when Parnelli Jones, behind the wheel of his trusty 3-year-old car 'Old Calhoun', became the first driver to turn a lap at 150 miles-an-hour

Jones' record-breaking qualifying round landed him the pole position. He was on track to raise the Borg Warner Trophy, leading the race for a total of 120 laps when his brakes gave out.

But Old Calhoun kept going, carrying Parnelli to a seventh-place place finish despite the setback.

And while crews were hammering away to keep their drivers wheels tight, everyone thought A.J. Foyt was finished when one of his came off and started rolling away on its own. 

But he was determined to continue, running across the track, and back into the pits to sub for Paul Russo.

In the end, first place went to Rodger Ward who led for the final 31 laps en route to victory.

Enjoying the taste of success for a second time after also winning the race in 1959.

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