Gene Crucean


FEARLESS looks back at American open cockpit racing during the 35 years following World War II. The book features Indianapolis 500 racing along with the annual title chase over the Championship Trail. Sprint car and midget competition on the nation’s dirt bullrings, perhaps racing’s most spectacular and visual form of racing, is also included. America’s greatest drivers: Mario Andretti, the Bettenhausens, Jimmy Bryan, A.J. Foyt, Ted Horn, Jim Hurtubise, Parnelli Jones, Jud Larson, Rex Mays, Rick Mears, Johnny Rutherford, Troy Ruttman, Eddie Sachs, Tom Sneva, the Unsers, Bill Vukovich, and Rodger Ward were the larger-than-life heroes, champions and charismatic legends of the day.
Along with the sport’s booming popularity came the dangers. The post-war era was a time when courage was a driving skill. For little or no reward, drivers accepted risks that would be unconscionable today….all for a chance to compete at the Cathedral of Speed, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. During those gritty post war years, American open wheel racing was indeed, the “Sport of Men”.
Open wheel photography also hit its stride during the period. The author has assembled the best photographic works from the best post-war lensmen. Some images are thrilling, some poignant, and some unsettling. But each captures a split second of the sport’s essence. FEARLESS is a tribute to the great photographers of the time.
So cinch up your seatbelt and brace yourself for a rough ride through the glorious years of post-war American auto racing.