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George Harrison’s attempt to sponsor the Indy 500’s only woman was rejected

george harrison was known to be generous with his moneyand in the 1970s he tried to send it to someone unexpected: an Indy 500 driver. Harrison was a lifelong fan of motor racing, even writing a song for his Formula 1 driver friends. In 1978, driver Janet Guthrie prepared to race the Indy 500 for the second time. Harrison attempted to send her money to sponsor her, but was politely told he couldn’t anymore.

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George Harrison visited the Indy 500 course with the Beatles

In 1964, the Beatles gave a concert in Indianapolis. When news of where they were staying broke, the group moved to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hotel, near the Indy 500 grounds. It was probably exciting for Harrison, who loved car racing since he was a child.



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