TDIH: January 20, 1963


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Dan Gurney wins his first career race in the Riverside 500, in only his third start. The #28 Holman-Moody Ford led 120 of the 185 laps on the day, taking over the top spot from Fireball Roberts on lap 101 and never looking back. Over the first half of the race, Gurney and Parnelli Jones would swap the lead four times, before Parnelli exited on lap 78 with a transmission failure. Three laps later on lap 81, Jim Paschal lost a wheel entering turn 9, flipping across the blacktop and over the wall. He would escape serious injury though, walking away from his Petty Plymouth with all but a tattered shirt. The race would ultimately end behind the pace car, sealing the victory for Gurney. He went on to win this event again in 1964, ’65, ’66, and ’68.

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