1981 AAR Indy Eagle #48
Known as Dan Gurney’s favorite AAR car, this 1981 “Pepsi Challenger” Eagle was another huge step forward in AAR race car design. The car incorporated Boundary Layer Adhesion Technology (BLAT), developed by AAR engineers John Ward and Trevor Harris with Dan Gurney, which created a vortex effect that provided downforce over the entire car. In 1981, this Eagle qualified for second on the starting grid for the Indianapolis 500, won the Milwaukee 150 from the last row, and led the Norton Michigan 500, Riverside’s Los Angeles Times 500 and the Watkins Glen 200. Rule changes the following year led to the car’s ban.
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