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#1 JMF

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Posted Oct 14 2016 - 10:22 PM

Tony Adamowicz dies October 10, 2016 at age 75. :(

http://autoweek.com/...amowicz-dies-75

http://www.imsa.com/...-tony-adamowicz

His own website with some nice pictures and commentary about many of his races.

http://www.a2zracer.com/

#2 Robert Fleurke

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Posted Oct 15 2016 - 04:32 AM

R.I.P.

Thanks Greg. I'm a bit familiar with the Polish-American racing heritage, often self-made men. See my motto as wel.

Edited by Robert Fleurke, Oct 15 2016 - 04:33 AM.


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Posted Oct 15 2016 - 04:42 PM

thats a nice conclusion

"In short, Tony Adamowicz drove and raced every interesting car in every great racing series in the world from 1966 to 1972.

Read more: http://autoweek.com/...5#ixzz4NCHBSlcy"

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Posted Oct 15 2016 - 06:21 PM

Sad news

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Posted Oct 18 2016 - 10:38 AM

View PostAndreh, on Oct 15 2016 - 04:42 PM, said:

"In short, Tony Adamowicz drove and raced every interesting car in every great racing series in the world from 1966 to 1972."

I thought that was a strange quote, considering he didn't drive F1 cars. He did drive some interesting cars during his career, but his open wheeled experience appears limited to a 1969 Formula 5000 Eagle. He almost got a chance to drive Mario Andretti's 1971 F1 Ferrari 312.

He did get to drive some of my all time favorite cars though, like the 917, 312P, 512M, and 365 GTB/4.

His 1979 performance at the 24 hours of Daytona in a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 is rather impressive, 2nd overall and 1st in GTO:

"The winning car overall was the twin turbo 935 Porsche Interscope car of Danny Ongias and Ted Field.  It crossed the line on the starter after waiting for the end on the start/finish track apron.  Ours was certainly a "Rocky Balboa" finish, taking a vintage front engine car to the checkered flag.

    
We technically won the race overall as the Interscope Porsche had not completed the last lap within the required percentage of their qualifying lap.  It was a rule specifically intended to prohibit such a finish.  Ferrari was the only one who could protest the finish as it was a FIA Manufacturers Championship race.  Since our car was of vintage design, not current to Ferrari's latest 512 BB, they declined to protest the finish results."

Tony Adamowicz

I also found it interesting he was teamed with John Morton. I like Morton a lot. He was one, if not the main driver, that brought Datsun to prominence in US road racing. Tony played a part in that too.

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Posted Oct 18 2016 - 03:58 PM

Tony Adamowicz, the one and only racing driver on our GPL credit list.He helped the Can Am 71 team, with info on how his 1971 McLaren M8 E handled on the track .

http://srmz.net/inde...420#entry117967

R.I.P to this great GPL friend

maybe Greg  has got some recollections on what he did and what he said about 71 Can Am cars physics ?

Edited by M Needforspeed, Nov 02 2016 - 02:41 PM.


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Posted Nov 01 2016 - 05:29 PM

The 1971 WSC season and Tony Adamowicz had some great races in the Ferrari 512 :)

2nd place overall with Ronnie Bucknum at the 24 Hrs of Daytona

http://www.racingspo...ml?sort=Results

3rd place overall with Sam Posey at the 24hrs of Le Mans

http://www.racingspo...ml?sort=Results

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RIP Tony :hat-tip:




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