“Pollard is easily the most optimistic, outgoing driver at the Speedway. He’s always speaking somewhere, he’s visited Vietnam on a goodwill tour and his cheerful attitude usually rubs off on whoever he’s around.”

Article “Friends? Pollard Has a Bundle,” Robin Miller, The Indianapolis Star, 1972

“Art had times, like all of us, that everything was going his way. He was a very fair man on the track and off. If he was having a bad day, he’d never say it was Joe’s fault or Henry’s fault. He’d just say, Well, that’s racing.”

Al Unser, Sr., retired driver—four-time Indy 500 winner

“Art was a very, very likable person. He was everybody’s friend. Art was such a nice guy. He was just a good human being and I don’t remember him saying anything bad about anyone.”

Bobby Unser, retired driver—three-time Indy 500 winner

1973’s Pole Sitter with a four lap average of 198.413 mph, Johnny Rutherford, (three-time Indy winner) said then: “The only thing to put a damper on this was what happened to Art. He was a gentleman, a friend and a helluva’ racer and we’ll miss him.”
Regarding Art’s fatal accident, Mario Andretti reflected (four-time Indy 500 winner, Formula One Champion…) “He was one of the good guys in our game. It was something you think you’re prepared for, but it’s lurking out there. Why does it happen to the nice guys? Motor racing has always been a close-knit family, even though we try to tear each other apart on the race track.”

“Tom Carnegie, you know, the voice of Indy says, after being there 60 years, that my dad was the most loved driver among the other drivers—and that means more than if he ever won Indianapolis to me—but probably not to Dad!”

article by Ron Brown, Medford Mail Tribune, May, 2010

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The Life and Legacy of a Gentleman Racer.
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