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Vukovich at the 2014 Indianapolis 500.

William John Vukovich II (born March 29, 1944 in Riverside, California) is a former driver in the championship car division of USAC and CART series.

He was named the 1968 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, a result of his seventh-place finish. Vukovich raced in the 1965–1982 seasons, with 158 combined career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1968–1977, 1979–1980. He finished in the top ten 85 times, with one victory in 1973 at Brooklyn. He also had 23 National midget car victories in his career, and drove for part of his career in J. C. Agajanian's midget car.[1]


Racing familyEdit

Bill II is the son of 2-time Indy 500 Winner, Bill Vukovich and the father of Billy Vukovich III, both of whom were killed in racing accidents.

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1968 Shrike Offy 23rd 7th
1969 Laycock Offy 26th 32nd
1970 Brabham Offy 30th 23rd
1971 Brabham Offy 11th 5th
1972 Eagle Offy 18th 28th
1973 Eagle Offy 16th 2nd
1974 Eagle Offy 16th 3rd
1975 Eagle Offy 8th 6th
1976 Eagle Offy 9th 31st
1977 Coyote Foyt 23rd 17th
1978 Eagle Offy Failed to Qualify
1979 Watson Offy 34th 8th
1980 Watson Offy 30th 12th
1981 Watson Offy Failed to Qualify
1982 Lightning Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1983 Eagle Chevrolet Failed to Qualify


  1. ^ Biography Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Retrieved January 11, 2007
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Denis Hulme
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

Succeeded by
Mark Donohue