Parnelli Jones on Race Morning of the 1963 Indianapolis 500

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Parnelli Jones on Race Morning of the 1963 Indianapolis 500

Parnelli Jones on Race Morning of the 1963 Indianapolis 500

Parnelli Jones on Race Morning of the 1963 Indianapolis 500

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Donald Davidson

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson, based at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, developed a passionate interest in the Indianapolis 500 as a teenager in England. Arriving at IMS in 1964, he delighted the racing community with his ability to recite year-by-year accounts of participants’ careers. Returning permanently in 1965, he was invited by Sid Collins to join the worldwide IMS Radio Network and was hired by Henry Banks as USAC statistician, remaining at USAC for almost 32 years. He was named Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian in 1998. Along with numerous television and radio assignments, raconteur Davidson has played host to the popular call-in radio show “The Talk of Gasoline Alley” on 1070 AM in Indianapolis during the month of May continuously since 1971. His writing credits include countless historical articles and columns, a pair of “500” annuals in 1974 and ‘75 and co-authorship with Rick Shaffer of the acclaimed “Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500,” published in 2006.
19 comments
Russ Beckner
Russ Beckner

What a great time it was reading these every day.! Soon will be a year but did enjoy them. So many of the times we don't think of, but so great to have a little glimpse back in time to get us started thinking of it. Thanks Donald D. for helping to preserve this great history. Also want to thank Ron McQueeney for forty some years of great photo's and all his work getting so many of these older prints digitized for all of us to enjoy. And thank you IMS for making it all possible.!!!

John Corbin
John Corbin

If it were not for Donald Davidson, the staff of the Speedway, and this mighty thing we call "the Internet," probably 7/8ths of the world would NEVER EVER know these little insights into the granddaddy of all races known as "the 500." Mr. Davidson, you sir are the REASON I look forward to these posts. I have not come across one yet that I'd say "I didn't need to know that." Each post is a look behind that invisible barrier that we all wish we could be on the other side of, and now we are, thanks to you. THANK YOU MR. DAVIDSON!!!!!!

Baxter Graves
Baxter Graves

Thank you, Mr. Davidson, for your articles and your comments on the 500 radio coverage each year. They are most interesting.

John Campbell
John Campbell

I just wanted to add my belated THANK YOU!! to Mr. Davidson and all the IMS staff for this wonderful series. like many others, I had hoped this would continue at least through the Centennial race.

Chris Blackwell
Chris Blackwell

Parnelli would be sporting that same hat a few hours later when he drank the milk in Victory Lane. I'd like to thank Donald and the IMS staffers who provided us with all these great memories. I've listened to every one and it has been a part of my daily routine that I looked forward to these past six months or so. I'm sorry it had to end so soon, I was hoping it might continue all the way up to race time. Anyway, I'll be eagerly awaiting the month of May when I can listen to Donald live on the internet as he does "The Talk of Gasoline Alley" once again. And though I can't be there in May, I have secured my ticket for the Brickyard 400 in July and I can't wait to experience a race there in person for the first time.

Steve Cooper
Steve Cooper

To the great staff at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway....Thank you for Blog. Mr Davidson The IMS has a Diamond in the rough when it comes to you. Your knowledge and passion for the Indy 500 is second to none. It has been a great learning experience reading Gasoline Alley Unplugged everyday.

IndyPacer
IndyPacer

Any of you guys want to stop by and have a beer during race weekend, I have an RV at the American Legion on georgetown road the whole week before the race. I'd love to meet and share stories. I will have a GMC Denali with REMCO on the doors.Stop by and have one!!!!!!

Dave Watts
Dave Watts

Thank you Donald, I looked forward to Unplugged everyday. Wish it could have gone on forever.

dshaf
dshaf

Thank you, Donald! I've enjoyed every one of these posts but I haven't left any comments until now. Great job and I hope this starts up again after this year's race.

Russ beckner
Russ beckner

I don't post much but have really enjoyed Gasoline alley unplugged Thanks so much for making it possible for all of us Mr. Davidson.

Dennis Johansen
Dennis Johansen

To you Donald...Thank you for this blog but tahnk you more our friendship of 47 years. I think of you everyday as I look at the picture of you, the Buzzer and me laughing at what Buzz had just said....but sadly it never happened for him....The old Firestone office was once the meeting place for high level stuff.... Also have the pic of us, dad , McQuinn and Sachs as we heard the famous story about sending Sachs home. memories etched in my mind forever my freind.

Dennis Johansen
Dennis Johansen

Mike and Don.....i just opened the 100 greatest drivers list and saw that every single one of my original top 33 i sent out and posted on here was in the top 100 listed...:-).. Thx for the kind words from u guys and the e mails. U know how much the Speedway means to me...we share that love for the Speedway and I hope to meet you in May. Dennis

Michael Lazorko
Michael Lazorko

A huge "thank you" to you, Donald, and of course, to the photo staff of both yesteryear and today! This has been a treat each day, and we'll miss it for sure. As I previously wrote on this blog, reading the personal experiences of all the fans that have posted here, Dennis Johansen especially, along with Racenutdon, IndyPacer, Rick Wampler, Chris Blackwell, DJ Blythe, Bill Schiel, and so many others, have made this an even better read each day! It's obvious that all of us share a passion for the Speedway and it's history. Thanks to all, and now let's get to work and pick those "33 Best"!

Racenutdon
Racenutdon

OH NO! With thousands of photos in the Speedway Archives I thought this would go on forever. We were all having so much fun arguing too. At some point in all of this Mr. Davidson you should have posted a picture of YOU! Many of us started on our path toward history appreciation under your guidance. THANK YOU! I'll see you in May and hopefully get to shake your hand.

Bill Schiel
Bill Schiel

Thank you Donald for all your insights and and stories. Gasoline Alley Unplugged was a great idea and we all had a great time. Sorry to see it end.

IndyPacer
IndyPacer

Say it ain't so Donald! I've really enjoyed these every day and will miss them. Thanks again! It will be May and the 100TH Anniversary 500 will be here before you know it. Can't wait!

Dennis Johansen
Dennis Johansen

Just a thought...Can you imagine any of todays 500 drivers walking out to the line on race day morning wearing a straw cowboy hat??? Sort of says it all. Man...it WAS good...or can I say "gooder"...lol God forbid the drivers be allowed to wonder around on race day morning talking and just BS ing with people in the pits. Now their "PR" guy makes sure they do everything PC......

Ken Parrotte
Ken Parrotte

Thank you Donald. What will I do each day at lunch without Gasoline Alley Unplugged?

Mark Parkins
Mark Parkins

Thank you Mr. D. We all feel a little bit smarter equipped with some knowledge from the expert.