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). Malone was known primarily for having been a drag racer and was the 1963 AHRA (American hot rod association) Top Fuel World champion. Malone was the first to attain 180 miles per hour (290 km/h) at Daytona International Speedway, early in 1959. His Daytona record gained Andy Granatelli’s attention, who gives him a drive at Indy. Malone drove STP-sponsored Novi #75, started from 27th position, but retired early due to clutch problems, and was classified 31st.
|1963||USAC National Championship||Indianapolis 500|
|Art Malone||75||Novi Inc.|
|Kurtis Kraft||Novi||STP Spl.|