In May 1965, a young Mario Andretti joined the “rear-engine revolution” at the Indianapolis 500 when he drove a newly built Brawner Hawk Ford on the big oval, showing the racing world the way of the future as he took third place and was awarded the title of Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. The Brawner Hawk helped launch Andretti’s magical career: he won the USAC national championship in 1965 with that car, and won it again in 1966, finishing first in an impressive 66 percent of the season’s races on road courses
Source: Game-changing Brawner Hawk raced by Mario Andretti at Indy will appear at Amelia Island Concours in Florida | Classic Car News
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