Team History


During a 10-year span in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Indy cars designed, built and prepared in the Vel’s Parnelli Jones racing shop in Torrance dominated open-wheel racing. Vel Miletich, a Torrance car dealer, and Parnelli Jones, a Torrance native who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1963, were partners in VPJ enterprises, continuing an association that began in 1956 when Miletich sponsored the young jalopy driver in local races.

Their Johnny Lightning cars, driven by Al Unser, won Indianapolis 500s in 1970 and 1971, and VPJ entries won 51 other Indy car races with such drivers as Mario Andretti, Kevin Cogan, A.J. Foyt, Joe Leonard, Danny Ongais, and Parnelli Jones, besides Unser. Their drivers also won three U.S. Auto Club championships. When they had Indy 500 winners Unser and Andretti and national champion Leonard at the same time, it was called the “Super Team.”

For more information on the team, please follow the links on the left. To view photos of our collection, please click on the car below or on the Car Photos tab at the top of the page.

Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing

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