Indianapolis, Fangio’s ultimate challenge


Released from all commitments in 1958, Juan Manuel Fangio decided, for the first time, to run the Indianapolis 500 Miles. Lacking a sufficiently competitive car, he gave up after the tests. Fundacion Museo Juan Manuel Fangio

THE SIX LIVES OF JUAN MANUEL FANGIO (6/6) –In 1958, freed from all obligations, the five-time F1 world champion took up the gauntlet on the American oval.

A gifted driver, endowed with unfailing resistance and incredible foresight, an outstanding mechanic, a free spirit, a business leader… Le Figaro retraces the great moments in the life of the most respected racing driver in history. A legend rewarded with five Formula 1 world championship titles and who inspired the expression « stop taking yourself for Fangio ».

It takes more to destabilize a five-time Formula 1 world champion. American businessman and magazine publisher Floyd Clymer, a native of Indianapolis, is convinced that Juan Manuel Fangio will not be able to win his qualification for the Indianapolis 500 Miles. In search of publicity, he matches his spade with a bonus of 6,500 dollars. The Argentine driving ace obviously accepts the challenge, stating that he will donate the money to charity.

Indianapolis is the last challenge for a champion who has nothing left to prove and who has won more than sixty victories since his debut…

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