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1962, Hobby Horse, Indy 500, Indy 500 Winners, IndyCar, Roger Ward, Watson

1962 Watson – Offenhauser (Leader Card 500 Roadster) Ward

The 46th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana on Wednesday, May 30, 1962. The qualifying as well as the 2/3  of the race was dominated by Parnelli Jones in his two-year-old Watson – Offy until worn brake line forced him to pit. Veteran Roger Ward, in his 13th Indy-500, moves into command  the rest of the way, leading 66 of the last 75 laps.  Ward cruises to an 11.5-second victory over his Leader Card teammate Len Sutton. The winning car was built by A.J. Watson, mechanic who ran his tiny repair shop and racing car building garage in Glendale, California. Watson-built roadsters won Indianapolis 500 six times between 1956 and 1964. Watson also built big dirt cars, as well as sprint cars. The car was sponsored and entered by Leader Card Works company ran by Bob Wilke, who  was also  the Midwest distributor for Offenhauser engines and Kurtis Kraft Midget Chassis. Bob ran own Indy Car team in 1959 -1970, and later his son Ralph  continued to field entries for the Indianapolis 500 and the entire USAC, and later CART series until the conclusion of the 1994 season. The Leader Card Company is the specialty paper company (business cards, envelopes, wedding cards etc.) founded in 1901, and it is still in business (the current name is Leader Paper), and it is still family-owned.

1962USAC National ChampionshipIndianapolis 500
Driver No.Entrant
Roger Ward3Leader Cards, Inc.
ChassisEngineCar Name
WatsonOffenhauserLeader Card 500 Roadster
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43Hobby Horse
Cat. No.QualityRarity

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