Video: Graham Hill Wins The 1966 Indy 500
“I was nervous about doing the 500 and suddenly had second thoughts of why are you bothering to cross the Atlantic for this.. demolition derby that they seem to constantly show on television?” – Jackie Stewart on entering the 1966 Indy 500
Three wins in to his five win collection at Monaco and obviously not content with establishing himself as just a dab hand around Formula One’s most illustrious race, Graham Hill crossed the Atlantic in 1966 to take on the likes of Jim Clark and Indy Legend A.J. Foyt around the Ole’ Brickyard.
And on the 50th anniversary of the great race he went one for one, winning the action-packed and stack-happy race when he snuck by Jim Clark into second place at the same time as his teammate and soon-to-be rookie of the year, Jackie Stewart, was busy losing oil pressure and walking his car back to the pits.
Hill lead the final ten laps and took the win ahead of Jim Clark and Jim McElreath, becoming the first rookie to win the Indy 500 since George Souders in 1927 and the last one to do so until Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000.
Images thanks to Indianapolis Motor Speedway