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Granatelli, Indy 500-winning car owner, dies at 90

Andy Granatelli, Hall of Fame auto sports entrepreneur, dies at 90

FILE - In this May 28, 2011, file photo, Indy 500 legend Andy Granatelli looks on during the drivers' meeting for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at th...
FILE - In this May 29, 2010, file photo, Indy 500 legend Andy Granatelli speaks during the drivers meeting for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the I...
FILE - In this May 14, 1969, file photo, car owner Andy Granatelli, center left, and driver Art Pollard, center rear, examine Granatelli's newest car ...

Obit Granatelli Auto Racing

FILE - In this May 28, 2011, file photo, Indy 500 legend Andy Granatelli looks on during the drivers' meeting for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at th...

Obit Granatelli Auto Racing

FILE - In this May 29, 2010, file photo, Indy 500 legend Andy Granatelli speaks during the drivers meeting for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the I...

Obit Granatelli Auto Racing

FILE - In this May 14, 1969, file photo, car owner Andy Granatelli, center left, and driver Art Pollard, center rear, examine Granatelli's newest car ...

MONTECITO, California (AP) -- Andy Granatelli, the former chief executive of STP motor oil company who made a mark on auto sports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, has died. He was 90.

Granatelli's son, Vince, said his father died Sunday of heart failure at a Santa Barbara hospital.

Granatelli is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.

"Everything he did was bigger than life," Vince Granatelli said.

Andy Granatelli's cars nearly won the Indianapolis 500 in 1967 and '68 with turbine engines. He broke through in 1969 with Mario Andretti driving his winning car with a conventional engine. Granatelli kissing Andretti on the cheek in Victory Lane is one of the most famous images in Indy history.

In 1973, Gordon Johncock gave Granatelli another Indy 500 victory.

"The thing that gave him the most gratification in his life was what he did at the Indianapolis 500," Vince Granatelli said.

Andy Granatelli was born in Dallas. He gained fame during World War II as a promoter of racing events, such as the Hurricane Racing Association.

He is survived by wife Dolly and sons Vince and Anthony.


Updated : 2021-04-12 12:35 GMT+08:00