The racing world is deep in thought. We have lost car owner, innovator, promoter and showman Andy Granatelli in his 90th year. Heart failure. The former head of STP almost won the Indy 500 in unconventional turbine-powered cars in 1967 and 1968, but finally won it in 1969 with Mario Andretti. Andy’s kiss on Mario’s cheek in victory lane is a legendary image. Granatelli won another 500 in 1973 with Gordon Johncock. God Speed Andy! You were one of our sports’ true characters!
We are also thinking and praying for 7-time Formula One champion and 7-time Canadian Grand Prix winner Michael Schumacher. He suffered serious head trauma in a crash while skiing in the French Alps. He was in a coma and required emergency surgery to relieve pressure on the brain. He is listed in critical condition in hospital in Grenoble. He suffered the injuries when his head struck a rock, even though he was wearing a helmet. Michael was the most dominant Formula One driver of our generation until he retired for the first time in 2006. He returned in 2010, but quit again at the end of the 2012 season. Heal quick Mike, and best wishes from all at CMS!