Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Race fans looking to take one of the brightest journeys through motorsports history can look no further than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Now open in the North Hall and Gallery is a new exhibit honoring one of the most outgoing and impactful personalities in the history of the Indianapolis 500: Andy Granatelli.
“Granatelli: Larger Than Life presented by O’Donovan & McCardel Wealth Management of Raymond James” will give fans an inside look into Granatelli’s persona – the man who was always family first, yet dreamed big and used his intellect, hard work, persistence, charm and marketing genius to create a lasting legacy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“I love it, and I think that they did a beautiful job,” Granatelli’s son Vince said of the exhibit. “I am very happy with it. I think the people that worked on it did a great job. It brings back years’ worth of memories. I mean, we’re talking about the 1991 car that was my car (under Vince Granatelli Racing) to the car my dad attempted to qualify with in 1948. You got the whole gamut here.”
Immediately upon entering the exhibit, the bright “STP dayglo red” race cars that Granatelli, who was named president of STP Corporation in 1963, used to promote his automotive lubricant brand light up the room and tell the story of Granatelli.
From the 1965 STP-Tombstone Life Novi driven by Jim Hurtubise to Mario Andretti’s winning 1969 Brawner-Hawk III, Gordon Johncock’s winning 1973 STP Double Oil Filter Eagle, Arie Luyendyk’s RCA/UNO Vince Granatelli Racing Lola and more, the North Hall of the IMS Museum is sure to educate race fans about Granatelli’s shining personality, bright race cars and STP stickers that were everywhere at IMS for decades.
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