Five-Time Indianapolis 500 Starter, Gifted Mechanic Martin Dies at 80

John Martin, a veteran of five Indianapolis 500 starts and the eighth-place finisher in the rain-shortened 1973 event, died Nov. 20.
The Cushing, Oklahoma-born Martin, who lived in Missouri, Wisconsin, California and in the Indianapolis area, made a total of 52 starts in the United States Auto Club National Championship series and under the Championship Auto Racing Teams banner, placing within the top 10 on 17 occasions in Indy car events.
Long after he was no longer driving, Martin continued to work on teams in a variety of capacities, including engineer, fabricator and spotter.

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