Racing legend Frank Arciero dies

Frank Arciero, who employed some of the biggest names in U.S. motorsports, died on Wednesday night.

Arciero got involved in the sport in 1943 and fielded teams in several series, including CART and the Champ Car World series, through the early part of the 2000s. His drivers won a pair of rookie-of-the-year honors in the Indianapolis 500—Randy Lanier in 1986, Fabrizio Barbazza in 1987—and Barbazza was CART's top rookie that year.

Arciero had cars in SCCA, Can-Am, Super Vee, Indy Lights, Atlantics and Indy cars over the years. His list of drivers included Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Jim Clark, Bobby Unser, Roger Penske, Phil Hill, Geoff Brabham, Michael Andretti, Scott Pruett, Max Papis and Dan Wheldon.

In the 1990s, Arciero partnered with Cal Wells to field a CART team.

The son of Italian winemakers, Arciero had business interests in a California winery and a real estate development company based in Irvine, Calif. Services will be at 10 a.m., May 30 at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, 2046 Mar Vista in Newport Beach, Calif. AutoWeek

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