Gary Hackbarth was one of the top Formula Ford drivers of the late 1970s- he qualified 2nd at the 1979 SCCA Runoffs, and won the June Sprints in '79 and 1980- back when the field was filled at 80 cars.
His 1979 Sprints win might be the most impressive- his right rear shock became disconnected during his race, and yet he somehow still managed to win by a big margin, driving one of Carl Haas' team Lola T540s.
A stellar, down-to-earth guy- the kind who probably paddocked next to you at the track at some point. It just-so-happened he was a rocket once buckled into his various Fords.
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