• Wings were used to create downforce to hold the car to the track at higher speeds.
  • The body is offset to the left to give more weight on the left wheels to help the car turn left on oval tracks.
  • In the 1975 Indy race, this car was driven by Hall of Famer Tom Sneva to 5th position when he crashed in the 125th lap. 



This 1975 “Norton Spirit” Indianapolis 500 race car is a Penske-prepared McLaren M16C-Offenhouser. It features a 2.6 liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged Drake Offenhauser engine capable of generating 800 hp and speeds in excess of 200 mph.  The Norton Company of Worcester, Massachusetts, a diversified multi-national industrial manufacturer and producer of abrasives, sponsored this race car.  The company began its participation in racing in 1973 and sponsored the National Titleholder in championship car racing.

This car was driven at Indy by Tom Sneva in 1975, qualifying at 190.04 mph to earn the fourth starting position.  Sneva was in the fifth position on the 125th lap when he crashed, escaping serious injury.  In 1976, Sneva qualified at 186.528 mph, earning the third starting position and finishing sixth.



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