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Indy Racing History: Shaking Hands with the Miraculous Jim Hurtubise

I was 12 years old when I shook hands with the little-known '60s racing legend Jim Hurtubise.I encountered him following the Rex May's Indy Car Classic, in the pits at the Milwaukee Mile, and for reasons both physical and profoundly motivational, it was a handshake I never forgot.I had seen him almost die in a crash just two years earlier from a vantage point so close to the action that I wound up with a face-full of rubber dust.A spectator, just a couple rows up and to my right, got gashed in the face and was streaming blood from between his fingers, due to being struck with a chunk of fiberglass Herk's air-born vehicle had peeled off the back of AJ Foyt's open wheeler.Prior to the actual crash the best racing dual I'd ever seen or would s...

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