Winningest chief mechanic in Indy 500 history dies

George Bignotti (IMS Photo)
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George Bignotti, who was chief mechanic for seven Indy 500 winners, died Friday in Las Vegas.

Bignotti is the winningest chief mechanic in race history. His Indy-winning drivers included A.J. Foyt, Graham Hill, Al Unser, Gordon Johncock and Tom Sneva.

"We're saddened to learn of the passing of George Bignotti. George is a true legend. He set a standard for mechanical excellence and preparation at the Indianapolis 500 that has yet to be matched and may never be reached," IMS officials wrote in a release. "George's love and loyalty toward the '500' never waned throughout his wonderful, long life, and he had countless friends and admirers in Gasoline Alley and the IndyCar community. Everyone at IMS extends their thoughts, prayers and sympathy to the Bignotti family."

Bignotti was 97 years old.