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Chris Economaki still larger than life

Updated: October 15, 2010, 7:13 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

"Mr. Economaki, who's the best race car driver you've ever seen?"

One of Chris Economaki's bushy gray eyebrows raised itself over the top edge of his wine glass, looking at me as if to say, "A little overeager, aren't we, kid?" But he never hesitated.

"Easy question. A.J. Foyt."

From the moment Economaki had arrived on this summer evening he had commanded the attention of everyone in the dining room. To my surprise and honor I was asked to join him, along with David Hart, ...

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