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Austrian Race Car Designer Jo Karasek

Historic Reunion Between A Man and His Car

 

 

Chicago, IL (May 9, 2014) –

 

Twelve years after his first and only Indianapolis 500 victory in 1969, and still in the midst of his racing career, legendary race car driver Mario Andretti was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) with the Class of 1981. Today, still standing in the Grand Lobby of the NIASHF is Andretti’s 1970 Indy 500 race car. Painted in a fluorescent orange to match its sponsor, STP’s logo, and marked as the number one car (as a result of Andretti’s Indy 500 win the previous year), the race car is one of the most popular pieces of memorabilia to museum visitors.

Today, one museum visitor has a much deeper connection to the illustrious race car. Jo Karasek hasn’t seen the car in over 40 years, but he remembers every detail like it was yesterday. That’s because he designed it.

TV&MORE, a film productions company from Vienna, Austria, is shooting a TV-documentary about Austrian race car designers. On an intermediate stop before heading to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to meet and interview Mario Andretti, TV&MORE wanted to capture the historic reunion of Mr. Karasek and his race car at the NIASHF. And what a moment it was.

With cameras recording every step of his entrance into the NIASHF, Mr. Karasek froze in awe, unable to move at first sight of the mounted race car. He couldn’t believe the pristine and condition of the car built more than 40 years ago.

As each car is customized to that of its driver, every design and build has a special significance. This was a great opportunity for Mr. Karasek as he designed the race car the year after Andretti won the Indy 500.

The documentary is set to complete filming in the next few weeks and be released in the near future. Stay tuned as more details become available.

The NIASHF thanks TV&MORE for visiting and allowing us to be a part of this special moment.

 

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The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving honorable values through sport.  Founded in 1977 by George Randazzo, the Hall of Fame has 238 inductees. The organization was founded on the values of Family, Friends, Faith, and Community and has been committed to providing support to students and youth of all backgrounds through its charitable programs, Second Wind and A Level Playing Field. The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is located in Chicago’s famed Little Italy neighborhood, at 1431 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607.  For more information on the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, please visit www.niashf.org.

 

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