More on the Indy Ferrari 375

Racing historian Ron Cummings contributed this photo of a Ferrari 375 Indy Car.  Ron took the photo at Lindley Bothwell's estate in 1970; in the background is Bothwell's Peugeot Indy car. 

"One of the Indy Ferraris was in the Lindley Bothwell collection for many years. It had Grant Piston Ring sponsorship painted on the car.   I remember Dick Guldstrand wanting to drive the thing in the worst way. Bothwell later told me he sold it to a guy who wanted it more than he, Bothwell, did."

From Ron Cummings:  "Bothwell's 375 Ferrari Indianapolis car. Jim Sitz & I discussed the car and Jim insists that when he saw the Grant Piston Ring car, on two occasions, it was painted yellow. So we don't know if this is really the Grant Indianapolis car, repainted, or a sister car."

Author and historian Michael T.Lynch adds:

"Four Ferrari 375 cars at Indy in 1952:

Serial No. 1.   Race #12, Ascari's factory car, only one to qualify.  Retired 40th lap - collapsed wheel.  Running 12th at time.

No 2.   Race #6.  Grant Piston Ring.  Red.  When Gerry Grant and his driver Johnnie Parsons went to Italy to see how the car was coming, they ended up making a deal for Parsons to run several European (probably mostly non-Champ) Grands Prix in a Ferrari 500 FII.  At Indy they felt they didn't get any attention from the Italians, and Parsons bailed to an Offy.  Grant announced that the Euro deal was off.   Danny Oakes couldn't get it up to speed either and the car DNQ.

No. 3.   Race #3.  Johnny Mauro's car with Kennedy Tank sponsorship.  White. Mauro really wanted the car for the Pike's Peak hillclimb and treated Indy as a lark, showing off his toy to his buddies.  He never got near qualifying speed.  He later crashed the car at a race in Denver, and when it returned from being repaired in Italy, it was painted in the blue that Chinetti usually used.  Mauro had not told the factory to change the color.  Now in the Indy Museum painted as the Ascari car (pity the poor historian).

No. 4.   Race #38.  Howard Keck.  Mobil Oil sponsorship.  Intended for Bobby Ball but Ball also bailed for an Offy.  Frank Coon had gone to Italy to learn how to work on the car and had accompanied it on the boat from Italy.  At Indy, Coon and Jim Travers were too busy working on Vuky's Kurtis-Offy, also entered by Keck, to get the Ferrari up to speed.  They replaced the Webers with a Hilbourn fuel injection system, but it didn't do any good.  A DNQ.  Owned by Keck until the mid 1990s when it was sold to Barrett-Jackson who performed a cosmetic "restoration" and destroyed all the original finishes.

Website visitor D. Green remembers Johnny Mauro and his Ferrari 375 Indy Car

"I knew Johnny Mauro fairly well in the early '60s and I think I recall he still had the F1 Ferrari in the garage at his house. It had been wrecked when he weht through the wooden fence at the AAA Indy car race at Centennial (horse) Race Track in Littleton (a Denver suburb). My best recall is that he sold it to the Indianapolis 500 Museum."

Love your web page since I was born in 1936 and fell in love with sports cars and especially American specials. Thanks for the memories."

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