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Roger McCluskey was a tough guy who came barreling out of the sprint car ranks in the early ’60s with Parnelli Jones, Bobby Marshman and Jim Hurtubise and went to become one of USAC’s most accomplished racers.
A two-time USAC sprint car champion and two-time USAC stock car king, McCluskey captured the 1973 national championship in the highlight of his IndyCar career that included five victories.
But his bad luck at Indianapolis (in 18 starts he never completed 200 laps) prevented him from becoming a household name like A.J. or Mario or Parnelli and a third place in ’73 (pictured) was his best showing.
After retiring in 1979, McCluskey became USAC’s competition director and was universally applauded as the perfect man for the job because he cared and knew so much about USAC.
After his death at age 63, he was inducted into the IMS, Motorsport and sprint car Halls of Fame.