1990 Johnny Rutherford Stoop Racing/Conseco Indy 500 Worn Suit
This suit was one used by IndyCar legend Johnny Rutherford during his attempt to qualify for the 1990 Indianapolis 500. Rutherford a three-time winner of the race drove an outdated Stoop Racing/Conseco sponsored Lola. Unfortunately, the car suffered from severe handling problems and spun Rutherford into the wall twice. The second time concussing Rutherford and sidelining him from the race (see pictures).
The all-white Simpson suit has the sponsor Conseco red and blue banding running around the middle back of the torso that has their lettering in its center. There are stitch marks to the front of the suit which indicates the original banding on the front of the suit was removed. (Also indicating Rutherford may have used the suit for other events?) The suit also has many other sponsors/supplier patches added to the suit, including Starcraft, Stoops, Goodyear, and Valvoline. Rutherford’s name is embroidered to the right chest. Please note the front upper half of the suit has a slight yellow tinge where the suit was displayed in direct sunlight.
The suit comes with a full Certificate of Authenticity.