1964 Indy Winner
The Sheraton-Thompson Special was the last roadster to win Indy. Jack Brabham would begin the change in 1961. He did not win, finishing ninth. In 1963 Ford combined with Colin Chapman’s Team Lotus, Jim Clark and Dan Gurney in a two-car team of rear-engined cars, running Ford’s new 260 cubic inch V8, surprised the front-engine roadster cars. Clark ran second. Gurney was seventh. AJ Foyt won the 1964 Indy 500, but owners and drivers knew the writing was on the wall for the roadster. In 1965 Jim Clark won the world’s most famous motor race in a rear-engine Ford-powered car. A front-engine car never won at Indianapolis again.