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May 18, 1998 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Johnny Unser, Sunday was the longest day of his life, spent staring at a TV monitor in his motorhome for six hours, watching every lap taken by every car on Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "It was like they were shooting bullets at me," he said. "I guess I must have been wearing my bulletproof vest." Unser, whose disappointing Saturday qualifying speed of 216.316 mph was the slowest left in the 33-car Indianapolis 500 field when the 6 p.m.
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May 18, 1998 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Johnny Unser, Sunday was the longest day of his life, spent staring at a TV monitor in his motorhome for six hours, watching every lap taken by every car on Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "It was like they were shooting bullets at me," he said. "I guess I must have been wearing my bulletproof vest." Unser, whose disappointing Saturday qualifying speed of 216.316 mph was the slowest left in the 33-car Indianapolis 500 field when the 6 p.m.
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May 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
The Indianapolis 500 lineup was expanded to 35 drivers Sunday, giving starting spots to all qualifiers regardless of exemptions by the Indy Racing League. The move on the final day of time trials for Sunday's race restored veterans Johnny Unser and Lyn St. James, who did not have guaranteed spots and apparently had been bumped, to the field. Seven others who qualified slower than Unser and St. James had exemptions and already were in the lineup.
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May 21, 1997 | SHAV GLICK
Johnny Unser may be starting last in Sunday's 81st Indianapolis 500, but he expects to get farther than he did last year when transmission problems put him out on the second parade lap. "Now I want to race in the Indy 500," Unser, 38, said after being given the 35th starting position by Indy Racing League officials despite having been bumped earlier Sunday. "I came here [Indianapolis] without a ride. When Ron [Hemelgarn] offered me a ride, I was grateful. I have nothing to regret."
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May 21, 1997 | SHAV GLICK
Johnny Unser may be starting last in Sunday's 81st Indianapolis 500, but he expects to get farther than he did last year when transmission problems put him out on the second parade lap. "Now I want to race in the Indy 500," Unser, 38, said after being given the 35th starting position by Indy Racing League officials despite having been bumped earlier Sunday. "I came here [Indianapolis] without a ride. When Ron [Hemelgarn] offered me a ride, I was grateful. I have nothing to regret."
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May 15, 1996 | SHAV GLICK
Johnny Unser, a rookie at 37, made the starting field for the Indianapolis 500 by doing something his famous cousin, Al Unser Jr., couldn't do last year. Johnny qualified 18th at 226.115 mph. Al Jr. missed the race last year when he could run no better than 225. "Me being the only Unser here [is something] I thought would never happen," said Johnny, whose father, Jerry, was killed while practicing for the 1959 Indy 500. "My Uncle Al and Junior have been with me since Day 1.
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May 25, 1996 | SHAV GLICK
This year's Indianapolis 500 field might not be the best, but is probably the most educated to run the race. Six drivers are college graduates, a rarity among race drivers of any type. Paul Durant got his degree from Fresno State, Johnny Unser from Cal State Sacramento, Buzz Calkins from Colorado, Johnny O'Connell from Denison, Robbie Buhl from New England College and Scott Sharp from Babson. Three others--Buddy Lazier, Joe Gosek and Scott Harrington--also attended college.
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May 26, 1996
Number of Indianapolis 500 starts for the participants in both of today's 500-mile races. THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 ROW 1 *--* No. Name R Tony Stewart 4 Davy Jones 1 Eliseo Salazar ROW 2 6 Eddie Cheever 3 Buddy Lazier 11 Roberto Guerrero ROW 3 1 Alessandro Zampedri R Michael Jourdain Jr. R Buzz Calkins ROW 4 R Davey Hamilton 2 Mike Groff R Michele Alboreto ROW 5 1 Stephan Gregoire R Mark Dismore R Richie Hearn ROW 6 R Johnny Unser 5 John Paul Jr. 4 Lyn St.
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May 24, 1999 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rear end of the 33-car Indianapolis 500 field was shuffled and reshuffled Sunday before rain halted the final day of qualifying four hours early at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Saturday's entire 11th row--Lyn St. James, rookie Jacques Lazier and Stephan Gregoire--was wiped out, St. James by Raul Boesel, Lazier by Johnny Unser and Gregoire by Jack Miller. Boesel's car is the only Riley & Scott chassis, built about two blocks from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in the race.
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May 27, 1996 | SHAV GLICK
Arie Luyendyk, the fastest qualifier and only former winner in the Indy 500, called Sunday's race "the most disappointing day in my career." Luyendyk, who started 20th after his original qualifying speed was nullified when his car was found to be underweight, had moved to second by Lap 95, when he tangled with Eliseo Salazar coming out of the pits. "I stalled the engine and that started the problem," Luyendyk said. "I beat him out of the pits. I beat him to the blend line and then he hit me.
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May 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
The Indianapolis 500 lineup was expanded to 35 drivers Sunday, giving starting spots to all qualifiers regardless of exemptions by the Indy Racing League. The move on the final day of time trials for Sunday's race restored veterans Johnny Unser and Lyn St. James, who did not have guaranteed spots and apparently had been bumped, to the field. Seven others who qualified slower than Unser and St. James had exemptions and already were in the lineup.
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May 15, 1996 | SHAV GLICK
Johnny Unser, a rookie at 37, made the starting field for the Indianapolis 500 by doing something his famous cousin, Al Unser Jr., couldn't do last year. Johnny qualified 18th at 226.115 mph. Al Jr. missed the race last year when he could run no better than 225. "Me being the only Unser here [is something] I thought would never happen," said Johnny, whose father, Jerry, was killed while practicing for the 1959 Indy 500. "My Uncle Al and Junior have been with me since Day 1.
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May 22, 1997 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 13 drivers in Sunday's Indianapolis 500 who are candidates for rookie-of-the-year honors make up one of the most diverse groups to make a debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The number is well short of the record 19 rookies in 1919 and 1930 and also less than last year's 17. Their credentials: * Vincenzo Sospiri, 30, of Brazil, is the fastest at 216.822 mph.
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January 6, 1994 | SHAV GLICK
Hit the road, Florida State. One newspaper has declared Nebraska the new national football champion. "Don't take 'Noles for an answer," the Bellevue, Neb., Leader said in a front-page headline Wednesday. "Leader declares Cornhuskers No. 1." In an editorial, the weekly newspaper in an Omaha suburb said it made the declaration to preserve "a shred of dignity, an ounce of self-respect or a milligram of manhood."
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