The 10 Most Heartbreaking Motorsports Defeats Ever [w/ Videos]
Parnelli Jones, 1967 Indianapolis 500
Although the STP-Paxton Turbocar wasn’t the first turbine-powered car to enter the Indianapolis 500, it was by far the most successful. The Andy Granatelli entered and funded machine – driven by 1963 Indy winner Parnelli Jones – seemed to have the field covered, taking the lead from A.J. Foyt with 50 laps to go. However, on the 196th of 200 laps, Jones coasted dead-stick into the pits; a bearing in the transmission worth $6 (about $43 today) had failed, handing Foyt the third of his eventual four Indy 500 wins as a driver.