"this is not for wusses..."
Sal Fish, promoter, Baja 1000
Sad news on the passing of the diminutive Teddy Mayer, who has died at the age of 73. Mayer had helped create Bruce McLaren Motor Racing in the early 1960s with the New Zealander McLaren. Not only was the company the precursor to today’s F1 powerhouse, it built and raced winning cars in a variety of series such as Formula One, LeMans, CanAm and Indy cars. Mayer ran the McLaren team after the death of the company’s namesake in a testing crash in 1970. After several F1 world titles, Mayer sold McLaren to Ron Dennis, and found himself in Indy car racing, eventually becoming a key player in Roger Penske’s Indy car juggernaut. Mayer was one of the legends from an era when teams and drivers competed in a variety of disciplines rather than specializing in one series.