May 24, 1996 |
Rookies are always a matter of concern as they approach their first adventure of racing 220 mph into the first turn at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And then doing it 199 more times. This year the anxiety has been heightened by the unusual number of newcomers, 17, in Sunday's Indy 500 field. Only twice in 80 years, when there were 19 in 1930 and 1919, have there been more. The range in experience is of more concern than the fact that the 17 are here for the first time.
May 17, 1998 |
Pole Day turned out to be A.J. Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The first four-time Indianapolis 500 winner started Saturday by taking ceremonial laps in the Bowes Seal Fast Special that he drove to his first victory in 1961. Then A.J. Foyt masterminded the day for his two drivers, Billy Boat of Phoenix and Kenny Brack of Sweden, who won front-row starting positions for next Sunday's 82nd 500 in Aurora-powered Dallaras.
May 12, 1996 |
Bumping at the Indianapolis 500 isn't supposed to start until the second weekend of qualifying. Team Menard advanced the procedure to opening day Saturday during a dramatic gamble in which veteran Scott Brayton withdrew one of John Menard's colorful Lola-Menards he had qualified in the second row, then returned in another team car to bump Arie Luyendyk off the pole for the May 26 race.
May 28, 1997
Official results of Tuesday's Indianapolis 500, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown or country, car number, chassis-engine, laps completed with reason out when available in parentheses, and unofficial prize money. r-rookie: 1. (1) Arie Luyendyk, Netherlands, No. 5, G Force-Aurora, 200, $1,553,650 2. (5) Scott Goodyear, Canada, No. 6, G Force-Aurora, 200, $518,000 3. (7) r-Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, No. 52, G Force-Aurora, 200, $413,350 4.
May 26, 1996 |
Some call it Tony George's folly, but it still is the Indianapolis 500. There will be 33 starters today in the 80th version of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," just as there are supposed to be. The winner will get a swig of milk, more than a million bucks and his mug on the Borg-Warner trophy, just like Rick Mears, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, the Unser family and Ralph Harroun. There will be no asterisk beside the winner's name in the record books, even though Al Unser Jr.
May 20, 1996 |
Danny Ongais, who has not raced seriously since 1987 when he crashed hard and missed the Indianapolis 500, will be in Scott Brayton's car in next Sunday's Indy 500. It's the the same car Scott Brayton qualified on the pole at 233.718 mph--six days before losing his life in a 230-mph crash while practicing in a backup car. "We looked long and hard for someone who would be appropriate to do this," car owner John Menard said. "We're wishing it was under other circumstances.
May 7, 1993 |
Chris Carr and Scott Parker, Harley-Davidson teammates, have dominated the American Motorcyclist Assn. Grand National dirt-track series for the last five years. Carr edged Parker for the championship last year and is the early leader this year. Parker won the previous four championships, with Carr the runner-up three times. Ricky Graham, 35, in his 15th season as a pro, wants to put an end to the Carr-Parker run. And he wants to do it on a Honda with no factory support.
May 5, 1994 |
Look who's leading the National Hot Rod Assn. top fuel standings--Connie Kalitta, the old Bounty Hunter from Ypsilanti, Mich. Kalitta has been racing dragsters, off and on, for more than 30 years, and this is the first time he has ever been No. 1. Actually, he was in drag racing before the NHRA became a reality, a throwback to the days when kids took their hot-rodders out into the sticks and raced for the pink slip.
October 24, 1991 |
The 27th annual Winston Finals, which wrap up the 1991 National Hot Rod Assn. drag racing season this weekend at the Pomona Fairplex, look very much as they did when the 1990 season ended. Joe Amato, the top-fuel champion from Old Forge, Pa., is on the verge of winning a record fourth championship. John Force, the funny-car champion from Yorba Linda, is close to taking his second consecutive title. And Darrell Alderman, the pro-stock champion from Lexington, Ky.