Danny Sullivan

Danny Sullivan is remembered for his “spin-and-win” victory in the 1985 Indianapolis 500, when he spun directly in front of Mario Andretti at lap 120, regrouped, and then passed Andretti again at lap 140 for the win. Sullivan also dominated the entire first half of the 1988 Indianapolis 500, seemingly headed for a second victory until a handling problem caused him to hit the wall after he had led for 91 of the first 101 laps. Sullivan won 17 CART-sanctioned events between 1984 and 1993, including three at Cleveland and two at the Pocono 500 and the Laguna Seca road course. He won the season title in 1988 and was third in 1986. In sports car racing, Sullivan won the late-season Can-Am event at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, in 1981 and 1982; and in 1994 shared the third place-finishing Dauer 962LM Porsche in the 24-Hours of Le Mans. In 1983, he partnered with Michele Alboreto on the Tyrrell team as one of the few drivers competing for the F1 World Championship with a non-turbocharged engine. He placed fifth at Monaco and was second to Keke Rosberg in the non-points-paying Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, England.

Year Inducted: 2022