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Rutherford still synonymous with Indy

Updated: May 23, 2002, 4:17 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- He hasn't raced in the Indianapolis 500 in 14 years, yet he is nearly always introduced as three-time Indy winner Johnny Rutherford.

''It's kind of like part of my name now,'' said Rutherford, who last won at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1980 and last raced on the historic 2½-mile oval in 1988.

Rutherford joined the Indy Racing League as a driver coach when it began competition in 1996. He chafes at those who contend Indy has lost its place ...

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