1974 Eldon Rasmussen Race Used Hinchman IndyCar Suit
An Eldon Rasmussen, Hinchman race suit used early in his USAC IndyCar career. Canadian Rasmussen raced in the 1971 and 1973-1979 seasons, with 23 career starts, including the 1975, 1977, and 1979 Indianapolis 500. He will be mainly remembered for being involved in Tom Sneva’s spectacular accident at the 1975 Indy 500. Rasmussen finished in the top ten 3 times, with a best finish of seventh at Ontario in 1975. He built his own race chassis which he dubbed the “Rascar” which he campaigned with limited success from 1973 to 1979. In all 3 of his Indy starts, Rasmussen qualified his Rascar on the last row.
This great vintage suit, would have been used by Rasmussen sometime during the 1973/74 seasons where driving his own design of chassis he would enter ten races and qualified at four having a best finish of ninth at Pocono Raceway. The blue suit has white edged in yellow stripes running down that arms and legs. There is large tire supplier Firestone lettering in white embroidered to the back of the suit with a Firestone ‘bowtie’ patch to the left chest. Rasmussen name is stitched onto the right chest.