Legendary Indy 500 mechanic George Bignotti dies

Indy 500 mechanic Bignotti diesLegendary Indianapolis 500 mechanic George Bignotti has died at the age of 97.

San Francisco-born Bignotti prepared seven Indy 500-winning cars, more than any other chief mechanic in the race's history.

Two of those wins came in 1961 and 1964 during his stint working with AJ Foyt, a partnership that also delivered three USAC titles in four years.

Bignotti was also involved in Indy victories for Graham Hill (1966), Al Unser (1970 and 1971), Gordon Johncock (1973) and Tom Sneva (1983).

"We're saddened to learn of the passing of George Bignotti," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles in a statement.

"George is a true legend. He set a standard for mechanical excellence and preparation at the Indianapolis 500 that has yet to be matched and may never be reached.

"George's love and loyalty toward the 500 never waned throughout his wonderful, long life, and he had countless friends and admirers in Gasoline Alley and the IndyCar community.

"Everyone at IMS extends their thoughts, prayers and sympathy to the Bignotti family."

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