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  • Andy Granatelli's STP jet buzzing IMS

    Does anyone remember what year Andy Granatelli had his pilot do a low level buzz of the main straightaway in the STP jet?
    It had a huge STP sticker on the underside of the fuselage/wings, so there was no question of who it was. I'm thinking 70-73 era.

    I remember John Totten on the IMS pa system saying something like "It's obvious that Andy Granatelli is in town"!

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    Never heard of that. Classic Andy Granatelli, the P.T. Barnum of Indy cars.
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    • #3
      What kind of jet was it?

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      • #4

        I believe it was 1973...I remember seeing it happen. It must have been on the second day of qualifying, because that was the only day I was there that year. IIRC, it was rather overcast, and the plane might have been a bizjet...don't think it was a large plane. Whatever and whenever it was, it really shook things up for a while, I do remember that!
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        • #5
          I remember either 1963 or 1964 time trials....huge letters "S T P" were written by a sky writer plane above the Speedway...you could not miss it. Brilliant!!

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