'Grand Prix' star James Garner dies at the age of 86

The famous actor and racing enthusiast passed away Saturday.

'Grand Prix' star James Garner dies at the age of 86
James Garner
Grand Prix star and former pace car driver James Garner
James Garner

James Garner, or as many race fans may remember him as, Pete Aron, has passed away in his Los Angeles home due to natural causes. Although most of the world knows him for his roles in TV series such as Maverick and The Rockford Files, the racing community knows him for his role in the film Grand Prix.

The 1966 movie is well known throughout the the motorsports world, even gaining a' cult-like status.' The loss of Garner has saddened all of us who enjoyed the film and knew of his name. Garner was the star of dozens of movies throughout his career, but his impact was not limited to just a Hollywood flick.

He was a true racing fan and went on to create the American International Racers. It was a race team that competed at famous circuits such as Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring between 1967 and 1969. He also entered ten cars in the 1969 Baja 500, seven of which were able to finish what is considered one of the most grueling races on the planet. An incredible feat indeed.

Garner is also a three-time Indianapolis 500.....pace car driver. He was given the honor in 1975, 1977, and 1985. Garner won the Lifetime Achievement award in 2005, recognizing him for everything he had done in his time on this Earth.

James Garner is survived by his wife Lois and his two daughters.

 

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