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January 10, 1989 | MIKE KUPPER, Times Assistant Sports Editor
No one ever called Jim Hurtubise stubborn, simply because that normally adequate word did not begin to describe the extent of his obstinacy. Give up driving, just because a fiery crash had left him with a nose like a falcon's beak, hands like talons and a body so covered with skin grafts that ordinary sweating was impossible? Don't be silly. Switch to a rear-engine car, just because the rest of the racing world had shown it to be superior? Ridiculous.
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January 10, 1989 | MIKE KUPPER, Times Assistant Sports Editor
No one ever called Jim Hurtubise stubborn, simply because that normally adequate word did not begin to describe the extent of his obstinacy. Give up driving, just because a fiery crash had left him with a nose like a falcon's beak, hands like talons and a body so covered with skin grafts that ordinary sweating was impossible? Don't be silly. Switch to a rear-engine car, just because the rest of the racing world had shown it to be superior? Ridiculous.
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May 26, 1985 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
Jim Hurtubise is a living legend at the old Brickyard, a race track that is itself a living legend. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has its own museum, for heaven's sake. Year round, race fans wearing vulgar T-shirts and black-and-white-checked caps pay to walk through and stand next to the old-time race cars and watch films about the old-time riding mechanics. Race fans, who on weekdays wear pinstriped suits, also pay to spend the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis 500 with Hurtubise.
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August 1, 1985 | SHAV GLICK
Dave Wolin has been in the mainstream of racing for more than 20 years, from driving a go-kart he built from his father's lawnmower, through MG sports cars, the U.S. Road Racing Assn., Can-Am, Formula 5000, and even a couple of shots at the Indianapolis 500, although he failed to make the race. He has had the racing bug since he was 10 years old and hung around Jim Hurtubise's family garage in North Tonawanda, N.Y., just outside Buffalo. "I tried a little bit of everything," Wolin, 41, said.
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February 28, 1985
Sprint car veterans Bubby Jones and Dean Thompson, rumored to be on the brink of retirement, will be back at it again this year in the Kraco-California Racing Assn. series. They have won the last five championships, Jones in 1983 and 1984, and Thompson in 1980, 1981 and 1982. The CRA, the oldest sprint car association in the country, will open its 40th season this weekend at the California Mid-Winter Fair on the Imperial County Fairgrounds' 3/8-mile dirt oval in El Centro.
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August 1, 1985 | SHAV GLICK
Dave Wolin has been in the mainstream of racing for more than 20 years, from driving a go-kart he built from his father's lawnmower, through MG sports cars, the U.S. Road Racing Assn., Can-Am, Formula 5000, and even a couple of shots at the Indianapolis 500, although he failed to make the race. He has had the racing bug since he was 10 years old and hung around Jim Hurtubise's family garage in North Tonawanda, N.Y., just outside Buffalo. "I tried a little bit of everything," Wolin, 41, said.
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January 18, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Danny Oakes, a leading West Coast midget-car race driver in the 1940s and noted mechanic at the Indianapolis 500, has died, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Wednesday. He was 95. Oakes, who died Saturday of an unspecified cause, won about 100 races around the country but was most prominent in the Southern California area after World War II.
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May 20, 1990 | JIM HODGES
President Bush made an illuminating plea for patriotism from spectators around the first tee Saturday at the Doug Sanders Kingwood Celebrity senior tournament in Kingwood, Tex., near Houston. "All you Houstonians here, I would have but one request: keep on being the points of light. Keep on with the concept that it really is right for one American to help another, and please don't laugh at the drive off the first tee," Bush said as he teed off.
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January 15, 2002 | Shav Glick
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. What: "The American Dirt Track Racer" Author: Joe Scalzo Publisher: Motorbooks International Price: $39.95 When you get a Joe Scalzo book, you get racing from a racer's point of view.
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November 17, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ascot Park, the busiest dirt race track in America for 33 years, comes to the finish line Thursday. The 50th annual Turkey Night Grand Prix for United States Auto Club midget cars figures to be the last of more than 5,000 main events held since the track opened at 182nd and Vermont Avenue in 1957.
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May 26, 1985 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
Jim Hurtubise is a living legend at the old Brickyard, a race track that is itself a living legend. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has its own museum, for heaven's sake. Year round, race fans wearing vulgar T-shirts and black-and-white-checked caps pay to walk through and stand next to the old-time race cars and watch films about the old-time riding mechanics. Race fans, who on weekdays wear pinstriped suits, also pay to spend the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis 500 with Hurtubise.
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February 28, 1985
Sprint car veterans Bubby Jones and Dean Thompson, rumored to be on the brink of retirement, will be back at it again this year in the Kraco-California Racing Assn. series. They have won the last five championships, Jones in 1983 and 1984, and Thompson in 1980, 1981 and 1982. The CRA, the oldest sprint car association in the country, will open its 40th season this weekend at the California Mid-Winter Fair on the Imperial County Fairgrounds' 3/8-mile dirt oval in El Centro.
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May 28, 1989 | Associated Press
It's May, 1999, and 64-year-old A.J. Foyt has just qualified his Nissan-powered Penske PC28 for the 83rd Indianapolis 500 at a record four-lap average of 253.335 m.p.h. It is Foyt's record 42nd consecutive race, but age doesn't matter since drivers long ago ceased to do anything but aim the cars on the 2 1/2-mile oval. Racing is done by on-board computer. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway now has 400,000 seats, the grandstands circling the track both inside and out. Major sponsors have placed billboards around most of what used to be bare, white concrete walls lining the oval.
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December 16, 1994 | SHAV GLICK
When women are mentioned in the motor racing world, the names Shirley Muldowney, Lyn St. James and Janet Guthrie might come to mind first. All are drivers. More likely, the one most often mentioned would be Linda Vaughn, the trophy queen. But Marge Binks of San Diego might have accomplished more for women than any of the others.
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