Though he immodestly titled his memoirs They Call Me Mister 500, Andy Granatelli actually was behind the wheel at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway just once, in the time trials in 1948. Back then, he was billed "Antonio the Great, Famed Italian Speed Ace," even though he hailed from Chicago and had raced only a few times, on state fairgrounds and small tracks in the Midwest. Despite the hype, Granatelli's career as an Indy driver ended ignominiously, when he crashed, breaking his shoulders and knocking out 11 teeth in the process.
Editor's note. This is the first in a series from Ford that will talk about older drivers, technology and the future of transportation. Today's post is by Mike Shulman, Technical Leader for Ford Active Safety Research.
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