MONTECITO, Calif. – Andy Granatelli, the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, has died. He was 90.
Granatelli’s son, Vince, said his father died Sunday of congestive heart failure at a Santa Barbara hospital.
Granatelli is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.
His cars nearly won the Indianapolis 500 in 1967 and ’68 with turbine engines. He broke through in 1969 with Mario Andretti driving his winning car with a conventional engine. Granatelli kissing Andretti on the cheek in Victory Lane is one of the most famous images in Indy history.
In 1973, Gordon Johncock gave Granatelli another Indy 500 victory.
Schumacher critical after ski accident
Retired Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is in critical condition after hitting his head during a skiing accident in France. The Grenoble University Hospital Center said Schumacher arrived in a coma and underwent brain surgery after suffering a serious head trauma.
Around the area
Abby Lang scored 8 points and had 10 rebounds as the Manchester women (6-4) defeated Albion (4-8) 42-40 in Albion, Mich.
In Cincinnati, Canterbury grad Tabitha Gerardot led Indiana (13-0) with 19 points in a 62-55 win over Xavier (5-7). In Chicago, Grace (6-9) fell to host No. 11 Roosevelt (12-5) 76-53 at the Roosevelt Holiday Tournament. In Bluffton, Ohio, Amy Newell scored 15 points for Trine (3-8) as the Thunder fell to host Bluffton (6-4) in the Monsanto Tournament final.
Michigan loses to Kansas State
Michigan lost to Kansas State 33-17 Saturday night in the Buffalo Wings Bowl, as the Wolverines (7-6) lost their sixth game in an eight-game stretch.
Colts honor Snider for team’s service
Snider was awarded the Blue Horseshoe Award for the team’s service to Erin’s House, Euell Wilson Center and Mustard Seed throughout the year. The Panthers were honored before the Indianapolis-Jacksonville game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Broken leg ends championship bout
In Las Vegas, Chris Weidman defended his UFC middleweight title when Anderson Silva broke his left leg on a kick in the second round, ending UFC 168 with a horrific injury Saturday night. Weidman (11-0) quietly celebrated his victory while medical personnel tended to Silva (33-6), whose left shin bent grotesquely while landing a kick on Weidman’s left leg.