Page 60 - The Montecito Journal Magazine Winter Spring 2008

Page 60 - The Montecito Journal Magazine Winter Spring 2008

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60
winter
|
spr ing
Petty
driving) won the Daytona 500 in 1972, along with the NASCAR
National Championship. Along the way the brothers (Andy,
Vince
,
and
Joe
) experienced a number of close calls, compiled scores of world
speed records reached on the salt flats of Utah, made technological
breakthroughs such as the STP turbine race car they designed and built
(Andy was President and CEO of STP Corporation), which led the 1967
and ‘68 Indy 500 until disaster struck; the vehicle is now on display at the
Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
Andy
at the
photography by Priscilla
by Thedim Fiste
Race Day at the Indianapolis Speedway attracts
more than 350,000 patrons, who gather in the
stands, the sky lounges, and the fields surrounding
the two-and-a-half-mile oval
Using The G-Word
E
ven
non
-racing fans have heard of
Andy Granatelli
; his
name is synonymous with racing and with the Indy 500
in particular. Andy and his team won their first Indy
500 in 1969 (after 21 tries!), with
Mario Andretti
at
the wheel (the Granatellis scored again in 1973, this
time
Gordon Johncock
was the driver). A Granatelli team (
Richard
Indy