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1964 Kuzma Watson
1964 Kuzma Watson Indy Roadster
Built by well-known Indy Car constructor Eddie Kuzma in 1964, this car was one of the last, front-engine roadsters ever built. Using technology of the day, the car was nearly 200 pounds lighter than the majority of its competition.
The car was built for Chuck Hulse, driving for Clint Brawner’s small but highly-respected Phoenix-based Indy car team. Hulse was injured early on in the season.
Mario Andretti was a young, relatively unknown driver, though a highly-touted midget and sprint car winner. He was given an opportunity to drive this car at a Firestone test session in Trenton in July 1964.
His performance was impressive enough to put Andretti in the Kuzma Watson the following week in Trenton, on July 19, 1964. Andretti finished 11th.
He stayed with Brawner, continuing to drive the Kuzma Watson through the 1964 season and until the third race of the 1965 season, when it was replaced with a rear-engine car.
Andretti would win his first of three USAC championships that year.
The car has a 255 CID DOHC Offenhauser, four-cylinder engine. It has a two-speed Halibrand transmission and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.
The 1964 Kuzma Waston will be on display at the Racing Research Center through the end of the year. It is on loan courtesy of IMRRC Governing Council member Lawrence Auriana.