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Lone Star J.R.: The Autobiography of Racing Legend Johnny Rutherford by Johnny Rutherford and David Craft

Johnny "J.R." Rutherford, in his signature Texas flag painted on his helmet, captured the hearts of racing fans all over the world during his stellar 30-year career. A versatile driver, J.R. is world renowned for his record-breaking successes in the ultra-competitive world of Indy and Sprint cars.

In Lone Star J.R., Johnny himself takes us on an exciting drive through his life and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the racing world. Born in Coffeyville, Kansas, in 1938, John Sherman Rutherford III did his duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years before beginning his legendary racing career in Texas. After overcoming a serious accident in 1966, in which he suffered two broken arms, he began to achieve his greatest success. J.R. relives his historic Indianapolis 500 wins (in 1974, 1976, and 1980) and explains the allure and excitement of racing in this personal look back at his storied racing career.

A true sportsman, always generous with his time, this racing legend has become one of the greatest ambassadors the sport has ever known. In Lone Star J.R., the man himself explains how and why he has come to be one of the sport's most celebrated legends.

Book size is 6" x 9", with 60 B&W photographs throughout book. Foreword by A.J. Foyt, Indy 500 winner and IRL team owner. Preface by Mari Hulman George, Chair person, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Book Details

Lone Star J.R. by Johnny Rutherford and David Craft
  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572433531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572433533