1970 Winner: 

Johnny Lightning Special

Driver: Al Unser Sr.

In winning the 1971 “500,” Al Unser became only the fourth driver in history to post victories in consecutive years, joining Wilbur Shaw (1939–40), Mauri Rose (1947–48) and Bill Vukovich (1953–54). Contrary to popular perception, Unser’s turbocharged Ford–powered, Johnny Lightning–sponsored car was not his winning mount from 1970, but rather a brand-new car. Also based on a 1969 Lola, the latest PJ (for Parnelli Jones) Colt was built by the Vel Miletich/Parnelli Jones organization under the direction of George Bignotti, who became the winning chief mechanic for the fifth time. Unser led for 103 laps, never being headed after lap 118.

Adoption cost: $1,500

Adoption benefits:

* Membership in the Borg-Warner Society (the Museum’s most esteemed    group of supporters)

* A vintage photo of your adopted car in Victory Lane

* Recognition signage with the car and on the Museum’s website

* Listing on the Adopt-A-Car donor wall in the Museum

* An “I adopted” magnet of the car

* A certificate of adoption

Adoptions are for a period of one year with the option to renew annually.

ADOPTED BY:

CHAMP/ DELILAH AVERY and family