Jack Hinkle and Chet Johnson pushing Jack McGrath at Indy
I would like to start a post on Jack Hinkle. He was from Wichita, Kansas and was born February 2, 1912. He was an oil man and Banker. He entered Indy Cars in the early 50's and drove his own sportscars in club races in the 50's and 60's and 70's . He raced Kurtis Kraft cars at Indy and raced a Kurtis 500X sports car and Birdcage Maserati's in club races he also had a Cooper Monaco and a Brabham BT 8 and a Porsche 906 and CanAm Type Lolas a type 160 and a 165 Lola..
I raced against him in Tuscon, Arizona in 1967 with a Mk 2 McLaren. Most people call them Mk 1B's now. He was racing his Porsche 906 . He was a great guy and a mentor and I feel his cars should be seen on this site.
I Hope this site gets rolling. Jack passed away January 30. 2003 at the age of 90. He raced until 1983 and the age of 71. His driver at Indy was Jack McGrath they finished 3rd in 1951 and 1954 . They were on the pole in 1954. They also had the fastest time of over 143 mph in 1955 but didn't run because of high winds until the next day.
His car was on the front row at Indy from 1951-1955 lets see anyone do that now. All this with Jack as the sponsor himself. His driver Jack McGrath was sadly killed at a race in Phoenix at the end of the 1955 season.
photo : Rex Dean collection
Edited by Jerry Entin, 04 April 2020 - 09:07.