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Jerry Grant dead at 77

Updated: August 13, 2012, 5:26 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

Jerry Grant, the first man to officially achieve a 200-mph lap in an Indy car, died Sunday. He was 77.

The versatile Grant had a successful driving career in sports cars, Trans-Am sedans and open-wheelers. Although he never won an Indy car race, the landmark 201.414-mph qualifying lap Grant turned at Ontario Motor Speedway on Sept. 3, 1972 was enough to put him into the history books.

Driving a distinctive purple Eagle-Offy for Dan Gurney's All American Racers, Grant looked to ...

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