1985 Indianapolis 500 winner Danny Sullivan will be the featured guest for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s next hourlong Zoom cast, scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Nov. 18. The Zoom cast is free and open to the first 500 registrants.
Joining Sullivan will be special-guest host Doug Boles, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Registration is required but easily completed by clicking, or copying and pasting into your browser, the following address: http://bit.ly/SullivanZooms.
Fans are encouraged to submit questions (one per person, please) for Sullivan, which Boles will ask the former INDYCAR, Formula One and sports car regular throughout the event. Be sure to put your name and hometown on the question and submit it to the IMS Museum’s Mike Thomsen at email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is noon (ET) Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Sullivan is part of “500” immortality not just for his 1985 triumph, but the drama that unfolded midway through the race. After starting eighth, Sullivan kept his Miller American Penske Racing entry among the leaders. On Lap 120, as he passed Mario Andretti for the lead exiting Turn 1, Sullivan did a full 360-degree spin – but stayed on track and kept his March/Cosworth car away from the wall.
Sullivan pitted for tires and fuel during the caution he created, and 20 laps after his first attempt, he passed Andretti for the lead again in the same place without incident. Sullivan led the final 60 laps and will forever be known for the 1985 “Spin and Win.”
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Sullivan made the most of a 21st birthday gift: a trip to the Jim Russell Driving School. He worked his way through junior series and after two Indy car starts in 1982, he landed a full-time ride with the Benetton Tyrrell Team for the 1983 F1 season.
Starting with the 1984 CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) series season, Sullivan enjoyed a successful Indy car career, earning 17 wins and the 1988 series championship. He competed in a total of 12 Indianapolis 500s, earning five top-5 finishes.
Sullivan also competed in sports cars and tried his hand at driving stock cars; along with scoring a victory in the 1989 International Race of Champions (IROC) series, he drove in the inaugural Brickyard 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at IMS in 1994.
Sullivan retired from Indy car driving in 1995 and has remained involved in motorsports in numerous capacities since then, notably serving as a race steward at several F1 events.
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