Legendary Indianapolis 500 engine builder dies at 89

Louis Meyer Jr. (Photo provided by IMS)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – IndyCar is remembering a legend Sunday.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway says Louis "Sonny" Meyer Jr. died on Saturday in Crawfordsville.

He's one of the most accomplished engine builders in Indianapolis 500 history.

He's also the son of Louis Meyer, the first three-time winner of the Indy 500.

"Sonny Meyer was one of the quietest, most pleasant men in Gasoline Alley but spoke loudly through his instrumental involvement as an engine builder or chief mechanic in at least 15 Indy 500 victories," IMS said in a release.

Meyer built the engine that powered Gordon Johncock's first "500" victory, in 1973 in the No. 20 STP Double Oil Filter Eagle/Offy owned by Patrick Racing.

Meyer was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 2013. Meyer was 89 years old.