Bobby Williamson

Sumar Special

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From a photo of Chapman Root's rebuilt/restored 'Sumar Special'. This streamlined Indy car carried NASCAR pioneer, Marshall Teague, to his death in February 1959. Teague's long-time colleague, Smokey Yunick, warned Teague of the car's inherent aerodynamic flaws. Looking at the car's photo, it's easy to see: the four bulbous wheel flares, creating 'lift' instead of down-force. In an attempt to set a world closed-course-speed record of 180 mph, and hopefully get re-instated into NASCAR, Teague was killed instatnly when the car's seat detached in the ensuing crash. A Daytona Speedway grandstand was named in his honor.
John Potts
@john-potts   10 years ago
The original was the car Jimmy Daywalt qualified for the Indianapolis 500, minus the fenders. Daywalt said he wasn't comfortable not being able to see the front tires.
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