May 21, 2000 |
There is no sign of the IRL and CART making peace in the open-wheel racing world, but the Indianapolis 500 offers a look at what might have been. Greg Ray, the Indy Racing League champion, and Juan Montoya, the Championship Auto Racing Teams champion, will start alongside each other on the front row of the 84th renewal of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on May 28. After Montoya ran four laps Saturday around Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.5-mile rectangular oval at 223.
May 27, 2000 |
Greg Ray knows he can hold his breath for 160 seconds because that's how long it took for him to win the pole for Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Three and a half hours, which is about what it will take to run 500 miles at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, might be a bit more difficult. But the thought doesn't faze Ray, a talkative Texan who is the reigning Indy Racing League champion. He oozes confidence like a Tony Robbins disciple. "What I'm doing is a gift," he said Friday.
May 13, 1998 |
When Greg Ray ran his Dallara in an open test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month, he left with high hopes. He told his crew they had the best handling car on the track, that all they lacked was horsepower. Brayton Engineering undertook the task of finding horsepower in Ray's Aurora engine. When his Thomas Knapp Motorsports team found a sponsor, hopes for the Indy 500 ran even higher. Then came the bad news.
August 30, 1999 |
Greg Ray has found his favorite track. Two months after holding off Sam Schmidt at Pikes Peak International Speedway at Fountain, Colo., he slammed the door on two equally determined pursuers at the same track Sunday. Ray, the pole-sitter, won for the third time in four races, beating back challenges from Davey Hamilton and Mark Dismore down the stretch in the Colorado Indy 200. Ray finished .445 seconds ahead of Hamilton and 2.
July 2, 1992 |
Comedian Dan Bradley says he doesn't drink any more, but his old man still does. "My dad drinks beer all day long," says Bradley. "My father used to ask me if I really thought it was just a coincidence that there are 24 hours in a day and 24 beers in a case. . . . "I love people that drink beer and deny they're ever drunk: 'Hey, hey, it's just beer. Beer's like Pepsi to me.' No, it's not. I've never seen anybody drink a 12-pack of Pepsi and pee on their own car.
May 21, 2000
Front row after first day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on May 28: Driver Avg. Speed 1. Greg Ray 223.471 2. Juan Montoya 223.372 3. Eliseo Salazar 223.231 * PARTIAL LINEUP, D9