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Parsons in 2014
|Born||August 26, 1944|
Van Nuys, California
|Related to||Johnnie Parsons (father)|
Dana Carter (half brother)
Pancho Carter (half brother)
|American Championship Car|
Leader Cards Racing
|Best finish||10th in 1976 (USAC)|
|1994||National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame|
Johnny Parsons is the son of 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner Johnnie Parsons and Arza Parsons (née Mitchell). His parents divorced, and Johnny was raised with half-brothers Dana and Pancho Carter, the product of Arza's marriage with Duane Carter. The Carters grew up racing quarter-midgets in Indianapolis. Though not his legal name, he was sometimes referred to in the media as "Johnny Parsons, Jr." to distinguish him from his father.
Parsons won 29 midget car features (as of 1994), including major wins at: the 4-Crown Nationals midget car feature twice, the 1979 Hut Hundred, and the 1986 Copper World Classic midget feature. He has won two Silver Crown and five sprint car features.
When Davey Hamilton decided to come out of retirement to run in the 2007 Indy 500, Parsons replaced him as the driver expert for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network's broadcasts of race activities.
|1969||Failed to Qualify|
|1981||Lightning||Chevrolet||Failed to Qualify|
|1984||Penske||Cosworth||Failed to Qualify|
|1987||March||Buick||Failed to Qualify|
|1988||March||Cosworth||Failed to Qualify|
|1989||March/Lola||Cosworth||Failed to Qualify|
|1991||Lola||Cosworth||Failed to Qualify|
|1992||Lola||Buick||Failed to Qualify|
|1993||Chevrolet||Failed to Qualify|
|1994||Lola||Greenfield||Failed to Qualify|
|1995||Reynard||Ford-Cosworth||Failed to Qualify|
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