Jack Hinkle, 90, Oilman, Car Owner, Driver.

Jack B. Hinkle, retired oilman but better known as a former Indy car owner and SCCA driver, passed away in his sleep at his home in Wichita, KS on Friday, January 31, 2003. He was 90 years old.

Jack McGrath drove Hinkle's Offy at Indy 1951-1955 starting on the front row on each of those occasions. McGrath qualified the car 3rd in 1951 and led 11 laps enroute to a 3rd place finish. He again qualified 3rd in 1952 and led 6 laps before finishing 11th. He qualified 3rd in 1953 and finished 5th. In 1954, McGrath qualified on the pole and led 47 laps before finishing in 3rd place. He qulaified 3rd in 1955 and led 6 of the 54 laps he completed before magneto failure regulated him to a 26th place finish.

Jack Hinkle also drove Class A sports cars in SCCA events until retiring from that in 1983 at the age of 71.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at metropolitan Baptist Church, 925 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67213. Memorials have been established at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Metro East Baptist Chruch, and the Wichita Childrens Home.

-les ashburn