Thompson went to the Indy 500 for the first time in 1962. He brought
with him 2 of the most unusually cars seen at Indy,
a rear engine layout powered by an American made stock block engine.
had one car qualify and it was driven by rookie driver Dan Gurney
the #34 car at 147.880 mph this put him in the 7th starting position.
went out in the 92th lap with a rear end problem, his finish
position was 20th.