The 1961 Indianapolis 500 was won by A.J. Foyt in his Trevis – Offy named Bowes Seal Fast Spl. It was first out of four Foyt’s Indy 500 wins. Bobby Marshman, 24-years old rookie driver from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, who finished 7th, was awarded as the Rookie of the Year. Marshman drove Epperly – Offenhauser roadster officially named Hoover Motor Express after truck transport company which sponsored and entered Marshman’ car. The car was built by Quincy David “Quin” Epperly, one of the most productive Indy roadster constructors of the 1950s – 60s. In the late 1940s, Epperly worked for Frank Kurtis building racing car bodies, and in mid-1950s opened his own shop in Los Angeles. Epperly practiced a radical approach in racing car design, by placing the four-cylinder Offenhauser engine on its side, rather than in the upright position, as was the usual custom for the Indy roadsters of that era. Such a design allowed for better high-speed aerodynamics and oval-track weight distribution. As to Marshman, his racing career lasted not long. He drove in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1961-1964 seasons, with 49 career starts and a single win (at Phoenix raceway, Arizona, in 1962). In November 1964 he fatally crashed at the same oval when conducting tire tests in Lotus-Ford Indycar.
|1961||USAC National Championship||Indianapolis 500|
|Bobby Marshman||31||Hoover Motor Express|
|Epperly||Offenhauser||Hoover Motor Express|