Car owner Andy Granatelli purchased the rights to the Novi before the 1961 racing season. Granatelli’s team put the Novi-powered cars at Indianapolis from 1961 to 1965, developing a four-wheel-drive version in 1964 in an attempt to effectively harness the extreme power of the notorious engine. The supercharged Novi engine that Andy Granatelli brought to the 1963 Indianapolis 500 had 734 HP—in contrast to other cars that had approximately 400 HP—and it was also lighter in weight at 1,680 lbs. vs. 2,800 lbs. Three Kurtis Kraft Novi-powered entries were entered by Novi Inc, driven by Bobby Unser (#6), Jim Hurtubise (#56) , and Art Malone (#75). Jim Hurtubise in rose-white car sponsored by Hotel Tropicana was highest qualifier among Novi trio. He started from front row and went into the lead right after the start, but led only one lap. At half-distance following close battle with Parnelli Jones, Jim Hurtubise brought the Novi to a pit-stop. USAC officials hold the car long after the racer was refueled and the tires changed, due to oil leak. After long contemplation Hurtubise was sent back out. But on the next lap he was black-flagged.
|1963||USAC National Championship||Indianapolis 500|
|Jim Hurtubise||56||Novi Inc.|
|Kurtis Kraft||Novi||Hotel Tropicana Spl.|