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May 28, 1996 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first time Ron Hemelgarn saw the Indianapolis 500 he was a 14-year-old wide-eyed kid standing on a trash can in the fourth turn, peering over the fence at cars running on the track. "My sights were set on Indy from that day on," Hemelgarn recalled Monday, shortly before he and his driver, Buddy Lazier, received the winner's check for $1,367,854 from Tony George, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hemelgarn owns the purple No. 91 that Lazier drove to victory Sunday in the 80th 500.
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May 28, 1996 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first time Ron Hemelgarn saw the Indianapolis 500 he was a 14-year-old wide-eyed kid standing on a trash can in the fourth turn, peering over the fence at cars running on the track. "My sights were set on Indy from that day on," Hemelgarn recalled Monday, shortly before he and his driver, Buddy Lazier, received the winner's check for $1,367,854 from Tony George, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hemelgarn owns the purple No. 91 that Lazier drove to victory Sunday in the 80th 500.
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May 14, 1992 | SHAV GLICK
Pancho Carter, who was on the pole for the 1985 Indianapolis 500 in a Buick, was selected to drive the second Hemelgarn-Byrd Buick as a teammate to Stan Fox, who qualified last Saturday. Carter was not entered until he was chosen by team owners Ron Hemelgarn and Jonathan Byrd. Fox, like Carter a veteran of United States Auto Club midget campaigns, ran 225.761 m.p.h. in the '91 Lola-Buick assigned to Carter. Carter will get two days of practice before time trials resume Saturday.
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May 29, 1993 | SHAV GLICK
Martin Buser, winner of the 1992 Iditarod dog-sled race in Alaska, will be on the crew of one of Ron Hemelgarn's cars for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. It is a reciprocal deal; Hemelgarn, owner of Lola-Buicks to be driven by Stan Fox and Didier Theys, was on Buser's crew as a dog handler last March. "There are a lot of parallels between Indy and the Iditarod," Buser said Friday.
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May 13, 1994 | SHAV GLICK
Ilmor Engineering, designer and manufacturer of the Mercedes-Benz and other Indy car engines, has been named recipient of the Queen's Export Award for Achievement for the second time in 10 years. The award is given for outstanding export achievement in international motor racing. As if to put their stamp of approval on the award, two of Roger Penske's Ilmor Mercedes drivers posted the fastest laps Thursday in practice for the May 29 Indianpolis 500.
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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 16, 1994 | SHAV GLICK
Can you imagine TV's Paul Page or Jack Arute behind the wheel of a car in next year's Indianapolis 500? Well, there is a precedent for it now. Hideshi Matsuda's only experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before he became this year's first qualifier was as a pit reporter for a Japanese television station. He was here in 1992 and 1993 to follow the career of countryman Hiro Matsushita. "I knew when I saw Indianapolis, it was what I wanted," Matsuda said through an interpreter.
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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 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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April 11, 1987 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
When Steve Millen had the first serious accident of his racing career on March 1, he had the good fortune to have Ron Hemelgarn as one of his car owners. Millen, a New Zealander living in Irvine, drives anything on wheels--from trucks to sports sedans to Indy cars--and last year his versatility earned him a spot on the racing writers' All-American team.
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May 21, 1995 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The third day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 came and went Saturday, and there are still no Penske cars in the field. Al Unser Jr., defending Indy champion, tried twice and came up short. Emerson Fittipaldi, his teammate and twice a winner of the 500, tried once and ran what seemed to be a competitive speed only to have it waved off by Roger Penske. Five drivers, including Lyn St. James, qualified to bring the field for next Sunday's race to 30.
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