Monterey, CA — George Follmer and Parnelli Jones — two of probably the most aggressive drivers in the course of the childhood of the Trans-Am collection — will share the monitor as soon as once more as co-Grand Marshals for the Aug. 12-15 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Get extra data, together with about ticket packages.
The pair would be the honored visitors Saturday, Aug. 14, and can have interaction in a Q&A session with race followers in the course of the Picnic within the Paddock, along with taking a couple of honorary laps across the monitor.
As Ford in Trans-Am celebrates its fifty fifth anniversary, Follmer and Jones are the right featured duo. They competed face to face and as teammates in Ford Mustang Boss 302s, combating for the championship all through the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies.
A few of their most heated battles occurred in Monterey. Within the 1970 Laguna Seca Trans-Am Championship for Sedans race, Jones took the checkered flag, simply edging Mark Donohue and Follmer. Nonetheless, Follmer would go on to win the 1972 Monterey Castrol GTX Grand Prix Laguna Seca.
Jones is carefully related to the well-known No. 15 Ford Mustang Boss 302. He had quite a few wins utilizing the acquainted Bud Moore orange Ford in 1970, en path to capturing the Trans-Am championship that 12 months. Jones gained the 1963 Indianapolis 500 as a driver, after which gained it twice as an proprietor, in 1970-71, with driver Al Unser. He retired with six IndyCar wins and 4 wins in 34 NASCAR begins, and is inducted into greater than 20 Halls of Fame.
Follmer was well-known for driving the No. 16 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 within the 1969 SCCA Trans-Am collection. In 1965, he was victorious within the SCCA United States Highway Racing Championship, and gained the Trans-Am championship in 1972. Follmer additionally raced within the USAC Championship Automobile collection within the 1967-1971 and 1974 seasons, with 25 profession begins, together with the 1969-1971 Indianapolis 500 races. He gathered 11 high ten finishes, together with a 1969 win on the Phoenix Worldwide Raceway.