Recognized everywhere by his trademark Stetson hat, the flamboyant Agajanian is best remembered as t...he owner of the winning car in the 1952 and 1963 Indianapolis 500 Mile Races; however, he was also the most influential promoter on the West Coast and a midget owner and sponsor.
The son of an Armenian immigrant who parlayed his job as a dishwasher at the Alexandria Hotel in Los Angeles into a successful hog ranch operation and an even more successful garbage collection business, Aggie promoted the most USAC midget races of anyone in the late 1950s and 1960s.
At his father’s request, he became a car owner and promoter rather than a driver. Unlike many promoters, Aggie believed that it took money to make money. His two biggest tracks were Carrell Speedway and Ascot Park. He revived the “Turkey Night” classic after Gilmore Stadium closed and had a full-time public relations staff.
Among Aggie’s drivers were Bill Vukovich, Jr., Walt Faulkner, Troy Ruttman and Parnelli Jones.
J.C. Agajanian died on May 9, 1984 at the age of 70.