Indycar legend Danny Sullivan will make his Goodwood Revival return next weekend, aiming to add yet more silverware to his trophy cabinet and reinforce his status as the event’s most successful American driver.
Sullivan, 64, became known as ‘spin and win’ in racing circles after gyrating just after taking the lead of the 1985 Indy 500 – and then fighting back to take an unlikely victory a little over 50 laps later. His 1988 championship title and 17 career race victories in Indycar racing’s CART era made him one of the biggest stars of that era of US-based open-wheel competition.
The ex-Tyrrell Formula 1 racer has an enviable record at the Revival and has taken three race wins; a figure that exceeds that of any of his countrymen.
Sullivan contested the very first Goodwood Revival in 1998 and won the Glover Trophy in a Lola Mk4-Climax. His other wins both came two years later as he took a Lotus 15 to Sussex Trophy success and then teamed-up with Steve Hitchins to win the showpiece RAC TT Celebration event in a Shelby Daytona Cobra.
This year Sullivan returns to the two races he won in 2000 aiming for a repeat. His Sussex Trophy mount has a rather special place in history as it is the very Ferrari 860 Monza in which Juan Manuel Fangio and Eugenio Castellotti won both the Sebring 12 Hours in 1956 and led Ferrari’s successful push for that season’s World Sportscar Championship title.
In the TT he pairs up with owner/driver Ian Dalglish in a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT which has, among its accolades, a class victory at the 2003 Spa Six Hours and a prior entry at the Revival.