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Born in 1921, Rodger Ward was re­garded as a car breaker dur­ing his early ca­reer in the Amer­i­can Championship Se­ries. His first five ap­pear­ances at the Indy 500 re­sulted in five re­tire­ments. For­tu­nately, Ward’s team bosses spot­ted enough tal­ent to re­tain him and he scored break­through vic­to­ries in 1953, win­ning back-to-back races in his Kur­tis-of­fen­hauser.

Ward would go on to be Indy’s dom­i­nant driver be­tween 1959 to ‘64, com­pet­ing against AJ Foyt and Par­nelli Jones. He won the race twice – in 1959 and ‘62 – as well as fin­ish­ing se­cond twice, third once and fourth once.

“I’ve won Indy twice,” said Ward, “but my finest mem­ory was win­ning at Lime Rock.”

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