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Rough & Tough Paul Russo

Paul Russo straps into Herb Porter's Supercharged Offy prior to the 1955 Indianapolis 500. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

Paul Russo was one tough race car driver. Born in Kenosha, Wis., in 1914, Russo was short, but weighed a muscular 190 pounds. Sometimes gruff, he wasn’t a man one wanted to cross on or off the track.

Mike Mosley’s Natural Racing Talent

Mike Mosley in 1981 at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

Though not as highly acclaimed as some he competed against, Mike Mosley was one of American racing’s most naturally talented drivers. In 2011, when racing historians, journalists and observers were ranking the top 33 drivers in the 100-year history of the Indianapolis 500, Mosley made most of the lists.

Bobby Grim’s Amazing Racing Career

Bobby Grim (Bob Gates Archives Photo)

Curly-haired Bobby Grim charged out of Coal City, Ind., to become one of the best short-track drivers this country has ever produced.

Harkey’s Lifetime Of Colorful Adventures

Bob Harkey awaits the start of the 1973 Indianapolis 500 with his blown engine. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

Six-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bob Harkey has accumulated a lifetime of colorful adventures and 83 years of unforgettable tales to document them.

Gurney & The Eagle’s Historic Victory

Dan Gurney on his way to winning the 1967 Belgium Grand Prix in his Eagle chassis. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

In a career filled with diverse and remarkable achievements, Dan Gurney’s most significant victory was winning the 1967 Belgium Grand Prix in an Indy car-based Eagle of his own design and construction.

Vollstedt & Clark’s Riverside Adventure

Jim Clark at the wheel of Rolla Vollstedt's Bryant Special in Riverside, Calif. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

Many consider Jim Clark the best to ever climbed into a race car. The 1965 Indian­apolis 500 winner and two-time Formula One world champion was respected by his peers on both sides of the Atlantic, by the fans and by the media.

Kunz Still Amazed By Racing Success

Keith Kunz Motorsports has helped shape the career of many successful drivers, including Rico Abreu, middle.

Over the next couple of years, through a set of shifting circumstances, Kunz and Willoughby formed a partnership and Keith Kunz Motorsports was born.

George Amick’s Tragic Daytona Race

George Amick at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

During a nickname-prone era, journalists tagged him “Little” George Amick. Though diminutive in stature, he loomed large in bravery, resolve and talent. Attributes he emphatically displayed during his tragically brief career.

Jones Showed Turbine Potential In 1967

Parnelli Jones leads the 1967 Indianapolis 500. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

When Parnelli Jones rolled to the line for the 1967 Indianapolis 500, he was in the worst qualifying position of his seven-year Indianapolis career.

The Mad Dog’s Daytona Speed Test

DAYTONA FLYER: Built by Bob Osiecki, the Mad Dog IV reached a top speed of 181.561 mph with Art Malone behind the wheel at Daytona Int’l Speedway. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

Seeking publicity for his new race track in 1960, entrepreneur and NASCAR founder Bill France offered $10,000 to anyone who could lap Daytona Int’l Speedway at 180 mph.


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