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Oklahoman Jack Zink ‘Liked To Go Fast’


As a teenager, Jack Zink built his first race car from leftover spare car parts. He quickly stepped up to stock and midget cars while earning a degree in engineering at Oklahoma State University. Before his racing career ended, Jack’s teams won the Indy 500 twice, in 1955 and 1956, created Pontiac NASCAR, and put the first turbine-powered race car on the track at Indy.

Zink’s other racing feats also included sailing championships and Baja 500 titles. As a day job, he built an international company called Zeeco.

Yes, Jack “liked to go fast.” He also liked to win.

Dr. Bob Blackburn, Oklahoma History Center

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