Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid - 1961

Position Car Num. Driver Car Name/Entrant* Make/Model Qual Speed
1 12 Eddie Sachs Dean Van Lines Ewing/Offy 147.481
2 3 Don Branson Hoover Motor Express Epperly/Offy 146.843
3 99 Jim Hurtubise Demler Epperly/Offy 146.306
4 2 Rodger Ward (W) Del Webb's Sun City Watson/Offy 146.187
5 98 Parnelli Jones (R) Agajanian Willard Battery Watson/Offy 146.080
6 97 Dick Rathmann Jim Robbins Watson/Offy 146.033
7 1 A.J. Foyt Bowes Seal Fast Trevis/Offy 145.903
8 8 Len Sutton Bryant Heating & Cooling Watson/Offy 145.897
9 14 Bill Cheesbourg Dean Van Lines Kuzma/Offy 145.873
10 33 Eddie Johnson Jim Robbins Kuzma/Offy 145.843
11 4 Jim Rathmann (W) Simoniz Watson/Offy 145.413
12 15 Wayne Weiler Hopkins Coral Harbour Watson/Offy 145.349
13 17 Jack Brabham (R) Kimberly Cooper-Climax Cooper/Climax 145.144
14 73 A.J. Shepherd (R) Travelon Trailer Christensen/Offy 144.957
15 28 Gene Hartley John Chalik Trevis/Offy 144.817
16 32 Bob Christie North Electric Kurtis/Offy 144.782
17 10 Paul Goldsmith Racing Associates Lesovsky/Offy 144.741
18 7 Shorty Templeman Bill Forbes Racing Team Meskowski/Offy 144.341
19 86 Ebb Rose (R) Meyer Speedway Porter/Offy 144.338
20 41 Johnny Boyd Leader Card 500 Roadster Watson/Offy 144.092
21 45 Jack Turner Bardahl Kurtis/Offy 144.904
22 52 Troy Ruttman (W) John Zink Trackburner Watson/Offy 144.799
23 55 Jimmy Daywalt Schultz Fueling Equipment KK500G/Offy 144.219
24 16 Bobby Grim Thompson Industries Watson/Offy 144.029
25 5 Lloyd Ruby Autolite Dealer's Assn. Epperly/Offy 146.909
26 19 Al Keller Konstant Hot Phillips/Offy 146.157
27 83 Don Davis (R) Dart-Kart by Rupp Trevis/Offy 145.349
28 18 Chuck Stevenson Metal-Cal Epperly/Offy 145.191
29 22 Roger McCluskey (R) Racing Associates Moore/Offy 145.068
30 26 Cliff Griffith McCullough Engineering Elder/Offy 145.038
31 35 Dempsey Wilson Lysle Greenman Kuzma/Offy 144.202
32 34 Norm Hall (R) Federal Engineering KK500E/Offy 144.555
33 31 Bobby Marshman (R) Hoover Motor Express Epperly/Offy 144.293