Spa*erobics/ Living Well Primus

Name: Spa*erobics/ Living Well Primus

Year Built: 1984

Livery Year: 1984

Livery Year Driver: Chris Kneifel

Sponsor: Spa*erobics/Living Well

Chassis: Primus

Engine: Cosworth

When 6-foot, 6-inch Chris Kneifel finished 12th in the 1983 Indianapolis 500, his body stuck so far out of the cockpit of his one-year-old Longhorn chassis that he had to drive with both elbows above the windshield. For 1984, team manager and former driver Lee Kunzman arranged for a new car designed specifically to accommodate Kneifel’s height. Called a Primus, it was constructed about three miles west of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by several individuals who crafted the body out of carbon fiber and placed it on a honeycomb aluminum chassis. The Primus initially failed to qualify by just one spot in 1984, but after Jacques Villeneuve (uncle of the 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner of the same name) had to withdraw because of a concussion, it was permitted to start in 33rd. One of only two American-built cars in the 1984 race, Kneifel drove it to the 15th finishing position.

Adoption cost: $1,000

Adoption benefits:

* One-year Racing Ambassador membership

* Recognition signage with the car during the run of the exhibit

* Recognition and on the Museum’s website under current exhibits

* Listing on the Adopt-an-Exhibit donor wall in the Museum

* An “I adopted” magnet of the car

* A certificate of adoption

* Invitation to the “From the Vault” members-only preview party