IRL: Wood Brothers mark anniversary of Indy victory

Glen and Leonard Wood started racing over 50 years ago. Their lightning-quick pit stops, made famous in stock car racing, were introduced to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1965. Ford initiated the relationship between the Wood brothers and...

Glen and Leonard Wood started racing over 50 years ago. Their lightning-quick pit stops, made famous in stock car racing, were introduced to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1965. Ford initiated the relationship between the Wood brothers and Lotus owner Colin Chapman, who entered Jim Clark in the Indianapolis 500 in a Ford-powered Lotus. The 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 marked the 40th anniversary of Clark's historic victory.

Glen's son Eddie is now a co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing. The team fields Dale Jarrett in Nextel Cup competition. Eddie was in sixth grade when his father and uncle won the 500. "That was a really big deal when it happened and I guess it still is because a lot of firsts happened that day. I think it was the first time a green car had ever won; the first Ford rear engine car; and the first day an actual NASCAR pit crew did the pit work," said Eddie Wood.

Wood had to hide a radio under his shirt as he listened to the race broadcast while sitting in class. "I had a transistor radio in my pocked with a wire running up through my shirt sleeve and stuck in my ear. I know my dad and Leonard and all the guys that were there still talk about it. They were really honored to be picked to go do that. When they got up there they changed some things on the fueling, and I think their total time in the pits that day was equal to one stop of the other guys."

When Clark crossed the finish line two laps ahead of second place finisher Parnelli Jones, young Eddie Wood was unable to celebrate. Listening to the radio during class was against the rules. "I just had this thing fixed to where I wouldn't get caught with it, and I didn't want to get caught with it."

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