June 24, 2012 |
Andy Roddick's confidence was boosted by winning the Eastbourne Championships on the eve of Wimbledon when he beat defending champion Andreas Seppi of Italy, 6-3, 6-2, in the final in England. Tamira Paszek of Austria fought off five match points to defeat fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, in the women's final. Roddick entered the event as a wild card after losing his opening match at Queen's Club last week, a defeat that stretched his losing streak to six matches dating to mid-March.
May 11, 1993 |
This year's first serious brush with the wall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway occurred Monday when former Formula One champion Nelson Piquet spun and backed his Lola-Menard into the concrete barrier. The Brazilian veteran, still limping from a crash last year that shattered his feet, was not injured, but the car suffered moderate damage. Piquet was running at 217.213 m.p.h.
June 2, 1992 |
Race driver Nelson Piquet left an Indianapolis hospital Monday, saying he is retiring after a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 left him with multiple broken bones in his lower legs and feet. "Racing is over for me," the 39-year-old former Formula One champion from Brazil told the Indianapolis Star. "I had a very wonderful career. Now I just want to be able to enjoy life . . . and walk again."
May 9, 1992 |
Tom Sneva once came in from a few practice laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was met by a knot of reporters. "How did you find the track today, Tom?" one asked. "I drove out 16th Street and there it was," the 1983 Indy 500 winner replied. "No problem at all." Sneva's flippant answer would have been appropriate Friday as drivers searched for more horsepower, more stability and more speed on the eve of pole qualifying for the 76th Indianapolis 500.
May 8, 1992 |
As the speeds go up, so does the severity of the crashes. Less than 24 hours after Rick Mears, the defending Indianapolis 500 champion, destroyed last year's winning car in a terrifying crash, former Formula One champion Nelson Piquet smashed head-on Thursday into the concrete barrier that surrounds the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Piquet suffered multiple fractures of both lower legs and feet as well as a concussion.
April 26, 1992 |
The U.S. Auto Club's Rookie Orientation Program is billed as optional, but there's really no choice. A first-year driver who passes up this weekend's testing might just as well watch the Indianapolis 500 at home on television next month. That's as close to the starting lineup as he'll likely get.