Willy T. Ribbs

Bill Cosby was Public Enemy No. 1 in 2016. When I interviewed him in 2011 about his role in sponsoring Willy T. Ribbs, the first African-American driver to race at the Indy 500, he was still my childhood hero. Listening again…

In 2011, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of Willy T. Ribbs’ breakthrough performance to become the first African-American to race at the Indy 500. I wrote a five-part feature to honor the historic event for the…

Originally posted in May, 2011. We left you after Part 3 of Willy T. Ribbs: One Of A Kind with Ribbs ready to qualify for the Indy 500. With a new set of tires bolted onto the Walker Motorsport/Bill Cosby Lola-Buick,…

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Marshall Pruett