Articles tagged George Bignotti

Page 15 of January 1970 archive issue thumbnail Page 15, January 1970

American Comment

ANDRETTI concluded the most successful season in his career in appropriate fashion last month by driving his STP Hawk-Ford to victory in the final USAC race of the year, the Rex Mays 300 at Riverside. Al Unser, too, finished the year on a high note, driving his Lola-Ford to second place, 37 seconds behind Andretti, after having won the two previous USAC events. The same, unfortunately, could not...

Page 15 of November 1968 archive issue thumbnail Page 15, November 1968

American Comment

The challenge has been put back into the Canadian-American Challenge Cup series. Although the works McLaren team of Bruce McLaren and Denis Hulme remains the strongest, its stranglehold has been broken and the series has become far more competitive and interesting. In the three Can-Am races following the opener at Road America, the McLaren team finished first and second in one, was eliminated...

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Legends Mo Nunn

When Niki Lauda was recently sacked by Jaguar Racing, he joined a long list of great drivers who, for whatever reason, have failed to stay the course as a team principal. Lauda was in the job just 15 months, a little longer than his predecessor, Bobby Rahal. Oddly enough, good, rather than great, drivers tend to fare better in management. If Roger Penske, businessman supreme, is the most obvious...

Page 27 of November 1970 archive issue thumbnail Page 27, November 1970

American Comment

Three of the major American championships have been decided in the past month, the most important of them being that of the United States Auto Club. From the time that the green flag fell to start the first race of the season at Phoenix on March 29th there never seemed to be much doubt that Al Unser was going to win this year's USAC Championship. Driving the Ford-powered Colts (née Lolas) that...

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U.S. oil barren

Just over a year on from his debut in Formula One, a young scotsman astounded Brickyard regulars with his speed. Racecraft and refusal to cry over spilt milk Jackie Steward is better known for winning than losing, but there's one glaring omission from his impressive CV. With just eight laps to go, victory in the 1966 Indy 500 slipped from his grasp; the wee Scot would never come so close again....

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American comment

USAC launched its 1971 season on a somewhat controversial note when it suddenly announced that its first race of the year, which was to have been a strictly invitational, non-championship event at Rafaela in the Argentine, would, after all, count for points toward the Marlboro Championship Trail. When the race was first planned last year virtually all the leading teams indicated that they would...

Page 27 of December 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 27, December 1972

Phillippe in America

Motor Sport talks to the former Lotus designer behind the successful Parnelli USAC car Maurice Phillipe left Team Lotus, where he had worked elbow to elbow with Colin Chapman on some of the world's most advanced racing cars, just over a year ago. The Vel's Parnelli Racing Team, one of the top outfits in American USAC racing, had made him an offer he couldn't refuse. The 40-year-old Englishman is...

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Super Sub

Sir, I noticed with interest the reference to Graham Hill's Indianapolis victory and the story surrounding it, which I am afraid is somewhat incorrect. George Bignotti was working closely with Eric Broadley to develop a car to race at Indianapolis. Eric, with whom I was closely associated, asked me WI would assist and work with them in helping to develop the car. I went to Indianapolis with...

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The big chief & his Indyans

If you want to win at Indy, you need a good car. And George Bignotti. David Malsher catches up with the greatest crew chief of them all George Bignotti was a chief mechanic in Champ Car racing for 30 years. Correction: he was the chief mechanic. Eighty-five times he got the magic winning formula right. So this former San Francisco florist is well placed to give his verdict on the star drivers he...

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Smart Rookie

It wasn't Graham Hill's first visit to Indianapolis, but it was his first crack at the race - and he won. Or did he? Joe Scalzo unravels the controversy Ray Harroun spent seven hours on the three million bricks of Indianapolis getting his bones beaten to powder winning the inaugural 500-mile sweepstakes. Called upon to say a few words for posterity, Harroun suffered a coughing fit. Then meekly...

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