November 15, 1999 |
If the National Hot Rod Assn. was using the Auto Club Finals as a showcase for live television, they picked a bad time. The final event of the Winston Drag Racing series would be better named the Oil Down Finals. The first four runs of top-fuel dragsters--about 24 seconds of racing--took 1 hour 7 minutes to complete.
November 12, 1999 |
Tony Schumacher qualified only ninth in the opening round for top-fuel drivers Thursday in the Auto Club NHRA Finals at the Pomona Fairplex, but it was a long step toward clinching his first Winston Drag Racing series championship. All Schumacher needs to win the $200,000 champion's bonus is to qualify for the 16-car field, and his run of 4.712 seconds at 300.13 mph all but assures him of a spot in Sunday's eliminations.
September 29, 1997 |
Jacques Villeneuve won the Luxembourg Grand Prix at Nuerburgring, Germany, and seized the lead in the Formula One standings Sunday, benefiting from Michael Schumacher's collision with his brother and the blown engines of the two McLaren cars that had led for two-thirds of the race. Mika Hakkinen of Finland, who had started from the pole position for the first time in his 94-race career, seemed headed for an easy victory on his 29th birthday.
May 16, 1999 |
Jeff was not the name to have at Richmond, Va., on Saturday, as Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton, Winston Cup points leader going into the race, suffered car problems and finished 37th and 31st, respectively, at the Pontiac 400. So Dale Jarrett took advantage, passing Mark Martin with 32 laps to go for the victory, and passing Burton in the standings.
October 5, 1997 |
Cory McClenathan recorded the second-fastest time in drag racing history Saturday during qualifying for the Pennzoil Nationals at Millington, Tenn. McClenathan's time of 318.58 mph in the Joe Gibbs-owned McDonald's dragster is second to Kenny Bernstein's 318.69 recorded last fall at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. McClenathan also claimed the No. 1 spot in top fuel qualifying, covering the quarter-mile distance in 4.596 seconds, a track record at Memphis Motorsports Park.
April 15, 1999 |
This event is as much Toyota's as it is the city of Long Beach's. --Chris Pook, founder, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. * Twenty-five years ago, Toyota was ready to introduce the second-generation Celica in the U.S. When word got out that Chris Pook was going to try putting on a car race through the streets of Long Beach, it piqued the interest of John Cabe, a young man running the parts department for his father's Toyota dealership.