'Mister 500' Passes Away

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A former multiple Indianapolis 500-winning owner and chief executive officer of STP has died. Andy Granatelli's cars took the checkered flag at the famed oval in 1969 and 1973. "Mister 500," as he was known, was 90. December 29, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A statement from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles on the passing of Andy Granatelli, who passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013 in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 90.

"Andy Granatelli - known appropriately as "Mister 500" - understood better than anyone the spirit and challenge of the Indianapolis 500 and had a remarkable ability to combine innovative technologies with talented race car drivers to make his cars a threat to win at Indianapolis every year," said J. Douglas Boles, IMS. "Andy leaves a legacy of historic moments that will live forever in Indianapolis 500 lore including his famous turbine that dominated the 1967 Indianapolis 500, the Lotus 56 of 1968, and giving the great Mario Andretti a kiss on the cheek in victory lane after his 1969 win. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy's family, friends and legion of fans."

Source: Indianapolis Motor Speedway