Parnelli Jones, at the wheel of the Agajanian-owned Watson roadster, during his 1961 debut race at Indianapolis. Despite being a rookie, Jones led 27 laps of the race, and might have won, were it not for engine problems.
Photo: Bob Tronolone
My first experience with a front-engine roadster was when I first went back east to race. I wound up driving a lay-down roadster that was built by Quin Epperly. Actually, in my rookie year—my first year there was 1960—I almost won the race at Milwaukee. I was leading in the Epperly, with about 13 laps to go, when the torque arm broke. For me, really the only difference between racing a sprint car and a front-engine roadster was that the…
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