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.
Just weeks into the NASCAR season and the Drive to End Hunger has provided more than 216,000 meals for hungry seniors. Building momentum for the initiative, four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet Team finished 18th at Sunday's Auto Club Speedway 400 in Fontana, Calif., and look for their eighth win this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Last week Beth was in Daytona and now it's my turn. And like Beth, before this weekend, football was the only sport that had my heart racing, no pun intended. I'm here for what a co-worker called the Superbowl of NASCAR - the Daytona 500. It's the biggest race of the year and here I stand with the equivalent of a learner's permit.
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