Tuesday, March 20, 2012

50 Years Ago This Month

Pine Brook Stadium opened in July of 1962, but before it did the final season of indoor racing took place in the Teaneck Armory.

On March 3, 1962, a young driver by the name of Mario Andretti won what he later described as “my first victory of any consequence,” beating accomplished racing veteran Len Duncan by mere inches at the finish line.

The photo shows the Andretti TQ as it appears today, at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs, Pennsylvania.

Who knew that the Teaneck finish line would be the starting line for the career of one of the world’s most accomplished racers? Andretti, of course, became the only man to have won the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500, and the Formula One world championship.

The Teaneck Armory, first opened in 1936, still stands on over 13 acres, and still serves a wide range of purposes – but auto racing is not among them.