Team manager for Sam Schmidt’s team dies

Chris Griffis, the team manager for Sam Schmidt Motorsports’
Indy Lights team, has died. He was 46.

The team said he died Monday night near Indianapolis. The
Hamilton County coroner didn’t provide a cause of death.

After hiring Griffis, a native of Akron, Ind., in 2004,
Schmidt’s teams won 46 races and four Indy Lights titles. He also
worked with Schmidt’s Indianapolis 500 drivers the past three
seasons and was crew chief for Panther Racing’s Mark Taylor, the
2003 Indy Lights champ.

Griffis worked with Indy winners Gordon Johncock and Emerson
Fittipaldi at Patrick Racing in the 1980s. He joined Chip Ganassi’s
team in 1990, then moved to Bernstein Racing in 1993. He stayed
there until joining Panther in 2002.

Griffis is survived by his wife, Mari, and two daughters.

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