Friday, September 27, 2013

George Bignotti Dies At Age 97

Bignotti (L) with Sir Jackie Stewart
Legendary Indianapolis 500 chief mechanic George Bignotti died today in Las Vegas at age 97.

Bignotti tuned cars to seven Indianapolis 500 victories, more than any chief mechanic in the history of the race. His Indy-winning drivers included A.J. Foyt, Graham Hill, Al Unser, Gordon Johncock and Tom Sneva. The California native was also the winningest chief mechanic in IndyCar history.
"We're saddened to learn of the passing of George Bignotti. George is a true legend,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles today. “He set a standard for mechanical excellence and preparation at the Indianapolis 500 that has yet to be matched and may never be reached. George's love and loyalty toward the '500' never waned throughout his wonderful, long life, and he had countless friends and admirers in Gasoline Alley and the IndyCar community. Everyone at IMS extends their thoughts, prayers and sympathy to the Bignotti family."

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