Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1990, Indy 500, IndyCar, Onyx, Penske, Tom Sneva

1990 Penske PC17 – Buick (Vince Granatelli Racing) Sneva

Vince Granatelli Racing was founded by younger brother of Andy Granatelli, whose turbine powered cars  nearly won the Indianapolis 500 in 1967 and 1968. The Vince’s team competed in the CART PPG IndyCar World Series between 1987 and 1991. For all of the team’s existence, the cars were painted in a dayglow red livery meant to be a tribute to Andy Granatelli’s STP-sponsored Indy cars. In the 1990 CART season team’s major entry was #9 Tuneup Masters Lola T88/00-Buick 3300 V6 driven by Belgian Didier Theys. For Indianapolis 500 Vince entered two more Penske PC17-Buick cars – #9 RCA for veteran Tom Sneva, and #11 Tuneup Masters for ex-Formula 1 pilot Kevin Cogan. Cogan qualified 15th and finished the race in 8th place, being flagged after his 191 lap, while Theys was 10th. Tom Sneva, winner of 10 IndyCar races, including 1983 Indianapolis 500,  retired early in the race.

1990PPG Indy Car World SeriesIndy 500
Driver No.Entrant
Tom Sneva9Vince Granatelli Racing
ChassisEngineCar Name
Penske PC17BuickRCA
Scale ManufacturerCollection
Cat. No.QualityRarity

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