Auto Racing: Bombs for the Brickyard

Ever since he drove at the Brickyard in 1948 (and crashed in the qualifying trials), Andy Granatelli, 44, has dreamed of building a car that would win the Indianapolis 500, the world's richest auto race. In the early '60s, his monstrous (837 h.p.) Novi V-8s hit 200 m.p.h. on the Indy straightaways, but always fell prey to one bug or another. Last year Granatelli came tantalizingly close with his revolutionary, turbine-powered STP Special, driven by Parnelli Jones, which missed winning only because a $6 ball bearing failed with eight miles to go. This May 30, it will take an...