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Гонщики, S

Курсивом отмечены гонщики,
выступавшие только
в Indy 500 (1950-1960)


Дэнни Салливан

Sullivan, Danny

Sullivan, Daniel John III

Дэнни Салливан / Sullivan, Danny

(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000



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Ф1: 1983

Дэнни Салливан / Sullivan, Danny - 1983




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Sullivan is now a multi-millionaire, thanks to his fabulous success in Indy Car racing, but it wasn't always that way, for the Kentucky kid spent a good few hard seasons in England climbing the ladder towards a top-line career. Without any financial help, Danny somehow clung on in various junior formulae, scoring the occasional success, only to be knocked back by some misfortune. Eventually he went back to the States to get his career moving again, making a good impression in Can-Am with an old Lola in 1980, and returned the following year, winning a race at Las Vegas and taking fourth in the championship. Suddenly the momentum was building; an Indy Car debut for Forsythe-Newman at Atlanta brought third place, and after he had been bumped from the team by Rebaque and his bank balance Danny returned to Can-Am to finish third in the standings.

For 1983 he took the plunge into Formula 1 with Tyrrell, a fifth place at Monaco and second in the Race of Champions showing what he could do, but the lure of a more competitive drive in Indy cars took Danny back across the Atlantic. In Shierson's team he took three wins in 1984, before joining Roger Penske's crack team to win a famous victory at Indy in 1985 which made him a household name in the US. Subsequently he went on to win the Indy Car title in 1988, with four wins and eight pole positions, before joining the ultimately unsuccessful Patrick Racing Alfa Romeo effort. He then moved to the Galles team with substantial backing from Molson, taking his total of wins to 17 by the end of the 1993 season.

Danny was out of an Indy Car drive at the start of 1994, but he did quite well in a couple of guest outings for Alfa Romeo in the 'DTM on tour' rounds at Donington and Mugello. He also took third place at Le Mans in a Dauer Porsche with Boutsen and Stuck, before the chance came to resurrect his Indy Car career with the fledgling PacWest team. His experience was invaluable as he tested the car late in the year, and he was taken on for a full-time ride in 1995. Apart from a bright performance in the opening round at Miami, the season was largely unrewarding and was cut short when he suffered a nasty crash at Michigan which left him suffering a broken pelvis.

Happily he made a full recovery, but there was no realistic prospect of his making another return to Indy Car competition. Taking up a TV commentary role, Sullivan continued to make selected appearances in sports car events, posting an eighth place at Le Mans in 1998 in the Team Bigazzi McLaren F1 GTR with Piquet and Cecotto.

(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

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