Daniel J. Sullivan, III

Pebble Beach CA

Danny participated in 15 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, all during 1983, debuting on March 13. He scored two championship points. The following year Sullivan returned to America, where he competed in the CART Championship Auto Racing Team open-wheel series winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1985. The “spin and win” footage of his red and white Miller American spinning through 360 degrees down the south short chute (between turns one and two) at Indy after passing Mario Andretti for the lead in the race’s 120th lap has been played on countless motorsports programs. Recovering from the spin undamaged except for flat-spotted tires, Sullivan went into the pits for new rubber, then returned to the track and passed Mario a second time twenty laps later to go on for the win. Danny would set the pace at Indy again in 1988, leading 91 of the first 101 laps, until he drifted out and hard into the turn 1 wall. Nevertheless, he went on to win the CART series title for Roger Penske that year. In 1986, Sullivan was a guest star on the television show Miami Vice playing a race car driver accused of murdering a prostitute.

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