A smiling Tom Sneva waves to race fans from victory lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 1983 after winning the 67th annual race at an average speed of 162.117 mph in Indianapolis. Helping Sneva celebrate is at right, car owner/ builder, George Bignotti. The victory is Sneva's first in ten Indianapolis starts and Bignotti's seventh car to win. (AP Photo/Charlie Bennett) In his later years he rarely talked about the seven times he turned the wrenches on Indianapolis 500-winning cars. But when he lived on Canyon Gate golf course, you didn’t have to look very far to be reminded of George Bignotti’s prowess as an auto racing mechanic. On top of his television set was the helmet Tom Sneva wore when he won the 1983 Indy 500. That was the last of Bignotti’s victories as an Indy 500 crew chief. He teamed with legends A.J. Foyt and Al Unser for two each, and Graham Hill, Gordon Johncock and Sneva for the other three. Bignotti, who spent most of his retirement in … [Read more...] about Former Indy 500 crew chief George Bignotti to be honored
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Sports An auto racing legend and Indianapolis 500 star was attacked by killer bees Wednesday and wound up in the hospital—for the second time. A.J. Foyt was doing bulldozer work on his ranch in western Texas when the killer bees stung him, according to a statement on his website, Foyt Racing. The 83-year-old—who won the Indy 500 four times, putting him in a three-way tie for the most by an individual driver, and won the Daytona 500 once—was treated and released from the hospital “once his system had stabilized.” “In round two, A.J. Foyt survived yet another attack,” the statement said. The first was in 2005 when he “sustained over 200 stingers in his head alone”—also while doing work on the bulldozer. According to Foyt Racing, his work had “disturbed the beehives.” Recommended Slideshows 37 Who Will Be Invited to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding? 117 The 2018 World Press Photo of the … [Read more...] about Killer Bees Attack Indy 500 Winner A.J. Foyt for Second Time
The final qualifying races for the Daytona 500 take place tonight and 72-year-old Morgan Shepherd could become the oldest driver ever to make it into NASCAR’s premier competition. Shepherd told CBS News' Jeff Glor, he's not racing against time; he's just turning it back. "Who would of ever thought I'd been here racing 47 years? I mean, I thought when I was younger 40-years-old was old. Now, I don't know what is old," he said. "I run like I'm 30." Shepherd is already the owner of 235 top 10 professional finishes and19 wins. Shepherd is trying to do something that's never been done before - qualify for America’s most famous stock race as a septuagenarian. He told Glor it's just "another day at the office" for him. "It's just like playing chess or checkers. You got to make the right move ... at 200 miles an hour," he said. Last year's Daytona winner, Jimmie Johnson talked to Glor about Shepherd. "There are generations of fans and even drivers, that hold Morgan in a bright … [Read more...] about Could a 72-year-old become the Daytona 500’s oldest driver?
Last Updated Feb 18, 2018 3:18 PM EST DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It's finally race day as the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season kicks off Sunday with the 60th running of the Daytona 500. Alex Bowman will start from the pole in the No. 88 Chevrolet that used to be driven by star Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is missing "The Great American Race" for the first time since 1999. Earnhardt will serve as grand marshal. Other storylines to watch for the 60th running of NASCAR's premier event: Danica Patrick makes her final NASCAR start. Patrick reunited with GoDaddy for a one-off event and will conclude her racing career at the Indianapolis 500 in May.It would be the youngest field in terms of average age in Daytona 500 history if not for 66-year-old Mark Thompson, a Vietnam veteran making his second career Cup Series start.Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will become the first black driver since 1969 to start the Daytona 500. Wallace is driving the iconic No. 43 car for Richard Petty … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo How to watch the 2018 Daytona 500: Live stream, start time, what to watch for
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick, Chase Elliott and former Cup Series champions Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick have crashed in the Daytona 500. Patrick, Elliott and Keselowski and done for the day. For Patrick, it prematurely ends her NASCAR finale. The Daytona 500 was Patrick's last stock-car race. With 96 laps remaining, leader Ryan Blaney seemed to make a move to block Elliott on the backstretch. Elliott and Keselowski got together and started sliding across the track. Elliott hit the outside wall hard and started spinning into traffic. How to watch the 2018 Daytona 500 Three other cars were involved, including the second accident for defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. Earlier, two-time Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson wrecked out of the race. Johnson was collected in a nine-car accident that involved half of Joe Gibbs Racing and half of Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson was wrecked along with Hendrick teammate William Byron, while Gibbs drivers Erik Jones and … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Daytona 500: Danica Patrick, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski crash out of race