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A reminder of why open wheel ruled

Updated: October 12, 2003, 2:31 AM ET
By Robin Miller | Special to ESPN.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Parnelli Jones looked like he meant business as he climbed into No. 98, while Johnny Rutherford put a red bandana over his mouth and Lloyd Ruby stood quietly by his roadster. Gordon Johncock and Jim McElreath joked with some fans before putting on their helmets.

It could have been a scene from Trenton, Phoenix or Indianapolis, circa 1965. Instead, it was Saturday morning at Texas Motor Speedway where Firestone's Heroes of Indy were getting ready to practice ...

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