NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Bud Moore, 88, recovering from mild heart attack

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NASCAR Hall of Fame member Walter “Bud” Moore is recovering after suffering a mild heart attack over the weekend.

According to The Charlotte Observer, Moore, 88, is recovering in a hospital near his lifelong home in Spartanburg, S.C.

“He had a procedure done and is doing fine,” Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, told the Observer. “He will be in the hospital a few days and is expected to be released later this week.”

Moore, who received several honors for his service in World War II, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in its second class in 2011.

He was inducted for his success as a NASCAR team owner and crew chief. Most of his cars were either Pontiac- or Ford-powered and carried the number 15.

Moore spent 37 years as a team owner. In 37 seasons, he and his drivers compiled 63 wins, 298 top-fives, 463 top-10s (nearly half of the 958 total races his teams entered), 43 poles and three NASCAR Grand National championships.

Buck Baker won the Grand National championship in 1957 with Moore as his crew chief.

Buck’s son, Buddy, also raced for Moore and won three straight races at Talladega in 1975 and 1976.

Switching to a team owner in 1961, Moore had almost instantaneous success, particularly with driver Joe Weatherly, who won eight races for Moore in 1961 and then came back to win the 1962 and 1963 Grand National championships.

Tiny Lund won the Grand American division championship racing for Moore in 1968.

Moore expanded his ownership reach past NASCAR and in 1970 owned the team that Parnelli Jones won the Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am championship.

Bobby Allison won the 1978 Daytona 500 with Moore as the team owner.

Other drivers that drove for Moore in his career included the late Fireball Roberts, the late Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson, Ricky Rudd and Geoff and Brett Bodine.

Moore’s last full season as a team owner was in 1996 with Wally Dallenbach Jr., but he entered seven other races over the next five years before eventually retiring in 2000 and selling his entire operation.

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Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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