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Pat Santello 1926-2017

Above: Pat Santello (left), and Lee Kunzman in 1977. He was one of the last to tow his Indy car on an open-wheel trailer. He spent his own money to go racing and loved the dirt as much as he did the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He sponsored Gary Bettenhausen's sprinter, ran up front with George Snider in dirt cars, finished seventh at Indy with Lee Kunzman and gave Larry Rice and Tim Richmond their start in IndyCar. Pat Santello, who died last week at age 91, embodied all that was good about USAC racing in the 1960s and 1970s. "He was a great guy and a character that represented the good old days of backyard racing," said Kunzman, who drove Santello's Indy car in 1976 and 1977....
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