1967 Race Statistics
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Photo courtesy of Mike Pollard.
April 23, 1967 - At Trenton, NJ. Art started a career best 3rd and finished 8th in the Gerhardt-Offy.
Photo courtesy of Bob Pollard
May 1967 - Indianapolis, Indiana for the Indy 500. Atr Pollard was assigned garage number 33 for the Thermo-King #16 and car owners Don Gerhardt & Chief Mechanic Phillip Casey. Art was 1 of 5 Rookies at the track and was teamed up with Indy 500 sophomore Mel Kenyon and Bob Veith in the #46. No problem qualifying this year as Art became the third rookie to qualify for the race with a four lap average speed of 163.897 on the first day of qualifying, which had been postponed to Sunday since rain washed out all qualifying on Saturday. Art was the 17th car to make a qualifying attempt. Art started the Thermo-King #16 Gerhardt-Offy (shown and below) in the 13th starting spot and brought home a top-ten by finishing 8th in his first 500. The #16 Thermo-King Special was a 168 cubic inch turbocharged Offy, which produced 625 horsepower at 8000 RPM. Of course to finish this 500 Art had to weave his way through the last lap carnage on the main straight. Art scored 250 points for the finish and his share of $16,298.00 prize money.
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June 4, 1967 - The Milwaukee Mile was not a good race for Art. On lap 28 he lost his brakes and collected Al Unser in the mishap. Art started 7th and was credited with 20th finishing position.
June 18, 1967 - On a hot & humid day at Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Art started 4th and finished 14th after his engine blew on lap 78 of 100.
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July 1, 1967 - Rain and a rock were the stories at Mosport in the twin 100 races this day. The first race was completed with Art finishing 9th after starting 16th. In the second heat race of the day, Art was hit in the head by a flying rock and forced to retire after only 3 laps. The race was forced to a halt by rain 3 laps later.
October 22, 1967 - 154.816 mph was fast enough to earn Art Pollard his first Champ Car pole position! This took place at Hanford, California. Art led the first through the 108th lap. He finished 5th, 1 lap down.
November 19, 1967 - Art started 10th and finished 14th at Phoenix.
November 26, 1967 - 30 cars started the first ever Champ Car race at the Riverside International Raceway in California. Unfortunately, Art's Gerhardt-Offy dropped a valve after only 5 laps and he was credited with the 30th and last place finish at the famed road course. The race was won by Dan Gurney.
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