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Motor racing loses a major fan as actor James Garner dies at 86
Motor racing loses a major fan as actor James Garner dies at 86

The motor-racing world lost one of its biggest fans with the death of actor James Garner at 86. Garner, who died Saturday, starred in a movie about racing ("Grand Prix" in 1966), competed in events such as the Baja 1000 off-road race and owned a race team at one time. He also drove the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 three times (1975, 1977 and 1985) and was a frequent visitor at speedways around the country, especially in Southern California. Even when he wasn't in the pace car, Garner at times was an Indy 500 spectator, sometimes with fellow actor and part-time racer Paul Newman at his side. "The first time I got acquainted with Jim was in 1968 when he raced in...

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