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Granatelli, Indy 500-winning car owner, dies at 90

Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 4:50 p.m. CDT
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In this May 29, 2010, file photo, Indy 500 legend Andy Granatelli speaks during the drivers meeting for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Granatelli, the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. He was 90. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

MONTECITO, Calif. – Andy Granatelli, the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, has died. He was 90.

Granatelli's son, Vince, said his father died Sunday of congestive heart failure at a Santa Barbara hospital.

Granatelli is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.

His cars nearly won the Indianapolis 500 in 1967 and '68 with turbine engines. He broke through in 1969 with Mario Andretti driving his winning car with a conventional engine. Granatelli kissing Andretti on the cheek in Victory Lane is one of the most famous images in Indy history.

In 1973, Gordon Johncock gave Granatelli another Indy 500 victory.

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