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Rathmann made his mark on Indy car racing

Updated: November 25, 2011, 10:01 AM ET
By John Oreovicz

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jim Rathmann was considered one of the last links to Indy car racing's roadster era.

But in many ways, Rathmann, who died Wednesday at the age of 83, was ahead of his time. In fact, he should probably be considered the sport's first superspeedway specialist.

Two of Rathmann's three official Indy car race wins were at fearsomely fast ovals, topped by his victory in the 1960 Indianapolis 500. That race is considered a classic, with an intense duel between ...

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