Sal Incandela has died at the age of 61. Born in Italy but raised in France, Incandela worked in Formula 1 in the 1970s, being one of James Hunt’s mechanics at McLaren in 1976 and later moving to Formula 2 where he worked with Toleman, helping the team finish 1-2 in the championship with Brian Henton and Derek Warwick. He went on from there to work with Nelson Piquet at Brabham in 1983. That year he published the celebrated technical book “The Anatomy and Development of the Formula One Racing Car from 1975” with forewords by Patrick Tambay and Gordon Murray. He headed to the United States in 1986 and worked with Dick Simon and Raul Boesel before moving on to work with Vince Granatelli, Frank Arciero and Bernard Jourdain. In 1991 he formed Indy Regency Racing in Indy Lights and two years later moved into IndyCar with Frenchman Olivier Grouillard. The team competed on and off until 2001.
Incandela is survived by his wife, Lesley, his son Daniel, who is director of online strategy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and daughters, Chantal and Stephanie.