May 26, 1994 |
It is the romantic view of most auto race fans--conditioned by years of Clark Gable and James Garner movies--that the race driver is this dashing, swashbuckling character who straps himself into any old stock-block machine and streaks out for some hell-bent, wheel-to-wheel combat with a similarly boisterous cast of daredevils whom he beats by superior nerve and reckless courage. It's a nice bit of mythology. Auto races might have been decided in Ray Harroun's or Barney Oldfield's day that way.
May 19, 1993 |
If you want to run up front in Indy car racing, the accepted way is to go with a two-car team with each driver contributing to the overall plan. That is the way the Newman-Haas, Penske and Galles teams do it, and their drivers have won seven of the last nine Indianapolis 500s. So what is Dick Simon doing with five drivers in the field for the 77th running of the 500 on May 30? "If two is good, then five ought to be that much better," Simon said. "It shouldn't be much of a problem for me.
April 16, 1993 |
As crews began to unload racing cars from colorful transporters Thursday, preparations for the 19th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach appeared to be on schedule. Fifteen grandstands and five Diamond Vision boards were up, awaiting the weekend crowds. Cars will take to the 1.59-mile street course today in a series of practice and qualifying sessions. Indy cars, focal point of the three-day racing program, will practice at 10:45 a.m. and qualify at 2:15 p.m. A second qualifying session at 11:45 a.m.
May 24, 1992 |
EQUAL PARTNERS: Dianne Simon is an equal partner with her husband, former race driver Dick Simon, in their Dana Point race car business. . . . "He handles the engineers and the mechanics, and I deal with the accountants and lawyers," she says. They're in Indianapolis now, where they have four cars in today's race, including that of Lyn St. James, only the second woman to drive at Indy.
June 22, 1989 |
Lyn St. James has driven at 212.577 m.p.h. on the high banks at Talladega, has won in her class in the 24 Hours of Daytona, driving with Bill Elliott and Tom Gloy, was the first woman to win a professional road race driving solo and recently fulfilled a lifetime goal of racing in the 24 Hours of LeMans. Now she wants the Indianapolis 500. "I know I don't have much open-wheel experience to draw from, but I had a good Trans-Am season last year and I know what it's like to go over 200 so I feel I'm ready to get some time in an Indy car," she said after returning from France.
May 26, 1989 |
When Dick Simon decided to retire as a race car driver and become a car owner and team manager, he didn't go half way. He signed two drivers, Arie Luyendyk and Scott Brayton, to drive a pair of 1989 Lolas, but he complicated his problems by using two engines, a Cosworth V-8 for Luyendyk and a turbocharged stock block Buick for Brayton. As far as running the team on race day Sunday, however, he's keeping things in the family. Simon, 55, a veteran of 17 starts in the Indianapolis 500, will be in Brayton's pits, and his wife, Dianne, will be making the decisions for Luyendyk.