NORTH TONAWANDA – Jim “Herk” Hurtubise of North Tonawanda was the Rookie of the Year at the Indy 500 on May 21, 1960 after he set a single-lap speed record. He was inducted into the Friends of Auto Racing Seeking Cooperation of Racing Enthusiasts [FOAR SCORE) Hall of Fame in 1981.
A replica of the FOAR SCORE Hall of Fame trophy was presented to the North Tonawanda History Museum on Tuesday and will be on display as part of this year’s “Jim “Herk” Hurtubise Day in North Tonawanda” celebration and open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum Wednesday. Admission will free for the celebration at the museum, 54 Webster St.
The FOAR SCORE is the oldest racing fan club in America and was founded in the Town of Wheatfield in 1946.
Hurtubise was severely injured in a fiery crash in Milwaukee in 1964 that nearly took his life, but recovered and went onto race the next year and raced into the late 1970s. He died on Jan. 9, 1989 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 56.