Edward “Teddy” Mayer Dies Aged 73
Edward Everett Mayer, known affectionately as Teddy Mayer has died aged 73 it has been announced.
The man who worked so closely with Bruce McLaren, will be best remembered for taking the helm of the team after McLaren was killed in a CanAm accident. Mayer took the team to two World Championship titles in the 1970’s, with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt.
In 1976, Mayer also guided McLaren to victory in the Indianapolis 500.
Mayer set up his own ChampCar team and nearly won the title in the early 1980’s. He went on to work with Beatrice Haas in that F1 project, but was never as successful as his time with McLaren. He was an advisor to Penske Racing in America until 2007.
His son now runs the American Le Mans Series.
Ron Dennis paid tribute to him.
“Teddy was one of motor racing’s few truly great men,” said Dennis.
“As far as I and all at McLaren are concerned, he has particular importance, on account of the fact that in 1963 he was part of the very small team of talented enthusiasts who, alongside Bruce McLaren, founded Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd.
“Bruce died tragically young in 1970, having won grands prix but no world championships with his fledgling team, but when I bought into the team in 1980 Teddy had built on the foundations laid by Bruce, Tyler Alexander and himself and had already achieved a lot – two Formula One world championships with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt, as well as huge success in the States.
“Those fantastic cars – the magnificent McLaren Can-Am cars driven by Denny Hulme and Bruce himself and the superb McLaren CART cars driven by guys like Johnny Rutherford, as well as James’s and Emerson’s iconic McLaren M23 Formula 1 cars – grace the boulevard reception area of the McLaren Technology Centre today.”