That definitely isn’t an Indy car. More than 50 years before the Brickyard held its first sports car race, Jim Hall went to the Speedway to conduct a tire test with his Chaparral 2 sports car in and was said to be impressively fast around the oval.
Troy Rogers (left) and Wesley Sweet (center) pose with a Chaparral 2, modified with sheet metal fender flairs and a cardboard and fiberglass coupe roof. This was the first testing done during the development of the Chaparral 2D. Pete Biro photo via Rodney Rogers.
On the grid for the 1965 Riverside 200. Left to right going down: Bob Bondurant in a Lola T70, Hap Sharp in the Chaparral, Graham Hill in a McLaren Elva, Richie Ginther in a Lotus 40 and Jim Clark in a Lotus 40. Hall was a no-start due to suspension trouble with the 2C. Sharp would win, Clark was 2nd. Albert R. Bochroch photo.