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J.C. Agajanian was the man who gave Parnelli his big break when he got him to quit Sprint Cars and graduate into Champ Cars. Agajanian was more than a promoter and car owner; he was like a father to Parnelli. Mr. Agajanian knew that a race driver’s career was short lived, instilling into Parnelli how important it was to save his money and invest it properly. Parnelli was counseled by the best, which enabled him to become a winner in business and team ownership.