By Sam Posey
Posey is known for his terrific driving performances in the SCCA Trans Am series with Roger Penske in 1968 and 1969, although he was the butt of pit-lane jokes when he used to show up at small club races in nearby Lime Rock, Conn., with a semi-truck for his Formula Vee car. (This was back when Nascar heroes towed their cars on open trailers behind beat-up old Buicks). His autobiography, The Mudge Pond Express
, wanders the hazy line that existed between professional and hobby racer in the 1960s and 1970s.
Posey finished Le Mans third in 1971 in a Ferrari, and won Sebring in 1975, as well as driving in two Formula 1 races and the 1972 Indy 500. Legendary racers of the time, such as Jim Hall, Vic Elford, Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, Dan Gurney, Swede Savage, Jerry Titus, Mark Donohue, and Peter Revson become characters who weave in and out of Posey's life. A passionate, driven driver, Posey later became an articulate and informed television commentator.