This book features a foreword by Mario Andretti. Team Lotus took the Indianapolis 500 race by storm between 1963 and 1969. In a race previously dominated by home-grown American cars and drivers, double Formula 1 World Champion Jim Clark scored a stunning victory in 1965, and twice finished second in his Lotus cars powered by Ford engines. Here is the definitive inside story of how - encouraged by the great Dan Gurney - the tiny British Lotus team, headed by Colin Chapman, took aim at an icon of American sporting life and rewrote motor racing history.
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A first-hand story - the late Andrew Ferguson was the Team Lotus Competitions Manager throughout 'the Indianapolis years'.Packed with anecdotes and recollections from various team members, supported by team documentation.The facts of Colin Chapman's deals and duels with the Ford Motor Company, Andy Granatelli of STP sponsorship fame, and with the United States Auto Club rule makers.The full behind-the-scenes story of the various Lotus cars driven by legendary drivers such as Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, A.J. Foyt, Joe Leonard and Bobby Marshman.Clark's win in the 1965 race 500, beating the US teams on home ground and crushing the American racing psyche.
In the 1980s and early 1990s Andrew Ferguson ran Club Team Lotus, the factory's own organisation, producing a magazine for Lotus race fans worldwide and also acting as team archivist. Tragically he died just after completing this book.