Saturday 8th September 1984
Johnnie Parsons (66), American race car driver from Los Angeles, California who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1950, died. Parsons first raced in open wheel cars on the West Coast of the United States in a midget car. He won the 1942 season championship in the United Midget Association. He won 18 feature events in the abbreviated season. Parsons began racing in the AAA after World War II. He captured the third feature in the 1948 Night Before the 500 midget race at the 16th Street Speedway. Parsons finished second in his first Indy 500 in 1949. He won the season championship that season. He also won the 1950 Indianapolis 500. He won the 1955 Turkey Night Grand Prix midget car race.After he retired, he became the Chief Steward for the USAC Midget division on the West Coast in the 1970s.