Andy Granatelli

2001 Inductee

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Biography

Hot rod pioneer Andy Granatelli was a pivotal force in the earliest days of the industry, building a business out of selling speed equipment to new automotive enthusiasts who wanted to modify their cars. Grancor (short for Granatelli Corp.) was a warehouse distributor serving the Midwest by importing products from California manufacturers such as Edelbrock, Winfield and Belond. Over the years, Granatelli fielded numerous racing efforts at the Indianapolis 500, including the memorable turbine-powered STP car driven by Parnelli Jones in 1967.

After 20 years of involvement with SEMA and the specialty and performance sector, Granatelli is a member of the Bonneville and El Mirage 200 MPH Clubs as well as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and received the "Racing Pioneer" title from the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA).

Granatelli passed away at the age of 90.