|Photo ID #||K03.24.14_020_JOH_UNK_2013V_1|
|Driver (s) :||Gordon Johncock|
|Location:||The hills of Eastern PA|
|Photo provided by:||Moe Pagni|
Comment from Moe: The car is owned by me, Moe
Pagni. The car was built by Pat Patrick racing with Jim McGee as crew chief
and driven by Gordon Johncock in 1983 . It won the season opener at the
Atlanta 200 . However despite its early success the wildcat could not be
tamed, it gave way to the better handling March-Cosworths. It last
served duty in 1984 as the back up car for Johncock when Patrick racing
switched to the March chassis. In 1982, Johncock won the Indy 500 in its
predecessor, the last all American made chassis to win The 500.
My car is un-restored, my plans are to have my indy car guru Curt Hoffman dismantle it and preserve not restore it. Curt says that the car is spectacular for being a 30 year old race car and added," it can only be original once."
This is the last wildcat ever produced.
I took the pictures at my property outside of Nazareth PA . Thanks again for all the wonderful memories that 3wides gives me and thank you for your interest in my new project !
Yours Truly - Moe Pagni
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|03.25.14||Terry Fick||I was at that Atlanta race. It was a double show with the
ASA stock cars running in the late morning and the Indy cars later.
It was cold, miserable cold. Between the races there was a concert by maybe Wayland Jennings (I don't remember, had no interest). On the way into the track Bobby Unser almost hit my car, he was impatient with the traffic. And Johncock spun the car, a complete 360, on pit road, not hitting a thing. And then he won the race. Quite a show.
At that time the Cup cars were qualifying in the mid 170s, I believe Mears had the Cart pole at 205.