LeMay – America’s Car Museum® is pleased to welcome three-time Indy 500 winning racer Johnny Rutherford to its Board of Directors. Mr. Rutherford joins the board with an extensive racing record that includes such accomplishments as 27 Indy car victories with 23 pole positions, ranking 7th on the all-time win list. He set an all-time Indy Car qualifying lap speed record of 215.189 mph in 1984 at Michigan International Speedway and is one of only four drivers in Indy Car history to have nine straight seasons with a victory in each and to have driven in five decades. Rutherford has been inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
David Madeira, President and CEO for the Museum has expressed his excitement about Rutherford’s appointment. “Johnny Rutherford is an icon in the racing world and we are thrilled to have him on board,” said Madeira. “He definitely will bring a unique and much needed perspective to the Museum’s efforts in expanding its social network among automotive enthusiasts and in creating our new building in downtown Tacoma, WA.”
Though he has officially retired from Indy Car Racing, Mr. Rutherford is still very active in Motorsports as Director of Special Events for the IRL. He drives Indy Racing League’s pace cars on race weekends and has chaired several concours events. He continues to assist his son, John IV, with his own racing career. Rutherford has also been an auto racing TV analyst for NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN and Speed TV. Rutherford currently resides near Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Betty.