TOOELE VALLEY -- Parnelli Jones, the legendary racing driver and race team owner who won the 1963 Indianapolis 500 and the 1970 SCCA Trans-Am Championship among many other accomplishments, was honored during a visit to Miller Motorsports Park Thursday afternoon.
Jones was on hand to attend a session of the Ford Racing Boss Track Attack, which allows owners of new Ford Boss 302 Mustangs to be trained in high-performance driving through MMP's Ford Racing High Performance Driving School. Jones won the 1970 SCCA Trans-Am Championship at the wheel of a Ford Boss 302 Mustang, and is widely considered to be "Mr. Boss 302."
A ceremony was held in Legends Hall in the MMP Clubhouse, where Jones' photo is displayed among those of other iconic racing champions on the Wall of Legends. Jones signed his photo and spoke to an appreciative crowd of attendees.
"I'm very honored to be here today, and to sign my photo that is up here with all these other great drivers, many of whom I raced against," Jones said. "Miller Motorsports Park is a great facility, one of the nicest I've seen, and I've had a great time taking part in the Ford Racing Boss Track Attack."
"We are honored to have such a legendary racer with us," said John Larson, general manager of Miller Motorsports Park, "and he reminds us of the passion, commitment and bravery that drivers of his era were required to have in a time when racing was not nearly as safe as it is today. He is an example to everyone, and is living proof that difficult goals are achievable through hard work and effort. We hope that he will be a frequent visitor to Miller Motorsports Park, and we look forward to having him back here in the future."
For information about Miller Motorsports Park or any of its programs, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.