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June 29, 1994 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sam Hanks tried 12 times before he won the Indianapolis 500, but when he finally did, he pulled his car into Victory Lane, kissed his wife, Alice, took a swig of milk and announced his retirement. That was 1957 and Hanks was 42, the oldest 500 winner in an era when drivers rarely lived past 40. On Monday evening, two weeks shy of his 80th birthday, Hanks died of complications arising from a series of illnesses that have incapacitated him the last three years.
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June 29, 1994 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sam Hanks tried 12 times before he won the Indianapolis 500, but when he finally did, he pulled his car into Victory Lane, kissed his wife, Alice, took a swig of milk and announced his retirement. That was 1957 and Hanks was 42, the oldest 500 winner in an era when drivers rarely lived past 40. On Monday evening, two weeks shy of his 80th birthday, Hanks died of complications arising from a series of illnesses that have incapacitated him the last three years.
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April 29, 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. One exception: No products will be endorsed: What: Distant Thunder, When Midgets Were Mighty Author: Dick Wallen Publisher: Racing Classics, P.O. Box 10561, Glendale, Ariz.
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May 14, 1994 | SHAV GLICK
Between practice laps while preparing for today's Indy 500 qualifying, drivers predicted that a speed of 226 to 234 m.p.h. will be needed to win the pole. Rookie Mauricio Gugelmin, a former Formula One driver from Brazil, picked the highest average speed, 234.598 for four laps. Another rookie, Mark Smith, predicted the lowest, 226.340. Emerson Fittipaldi, last year's race winner, was right in the middle with a prediction of 230.500.
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November 19, 1989
The usual sprinkling of Indianapolis 500 veterans and a familiar generational continuity reflect the kind of tradition that surrounds the 49th running of the 150-lap Thanksgiving Night midget auto race at Ascot Park on Oct. 23 In this event, where 70 drivers will attempt to keep perennial favorite Ron Shuman of Tempe, Ariz., from victory circle, the Indy ranks will be made up of Rich Vogler of Indianapolis, Billy Vukovich III of Coursegold, Calif., Stan Fox of Janesville, Wis.
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July 20, 1995 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saugus Speedway--the oldest race track operating in the Western United States and a Los Angeles area motor racing mecca for 56 years--closed Wednesday, generating a nostalgic turnout by race drivers who took over the track for a night of their own. The remainder of the Winston Racing Series stock car season has been canceled, and there are no plans to resume racing in the future at the Santa Clarita oval, known as "the Super Track."
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March 12, 1995 | SHAV GLICK
On a 1950s record album, "Into Outer Space With Lucia Pamela," there is a line in the last song, "In the Year 2000," where she warbles, "There will even be football in the year 2000." And who is Lucia Pamela? She is the mother of Georgia Frontiere, owner of either the St. Louis or Los Angeles Rams. * Trivia time: How many Indianapolis 500 winners have also won a Formula One race? This is a trick question. * Thunder silenced: Chocolate Thunder, what have you done?
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May 13, 1992 | SHAV GLICK
Veteran driver Tero Palmroth of Finland was a guest conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra the other night at a special performance for the relief fund for St. Petersburg (Leningrad) in the former Soviet Union. "It was for a good cause," said Palmroth, who wore his racing uniform for the occasion. "My grandfather was a conductor and my grandmother was an opera singer, but that doesn't mean I'd ever done it.
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May 21, 1993 | SHAV GLICK
Drivers who have yet to qualify for the 500 found a cool day to their liking Thursday and produced impressive speeds during practice. Jim Crawford, the Scotsman who holds the unofficial track record of 233.433 m.p.h., set last year in a Buick-powered car, was the fastest nonqualifier in one of Kenny Bernstein's new Chevy-powered Lolas at 221.212 m.p.h. Others hoping to qualify Saturday include Robby Gordon, who ran at 221.136; Geoff Brabham, 220.967; John Andretti, 220.313; Davy Jones, 218.
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November 17, 2001 | Shav Glick
Keyshawn Johnson, who authored "Just Give Me the Damn Ball" after his rookie season with the New York Jets, has his own radio talk show in Tampa, Fla., on which he offers opinions on everything from himself to coaches to Tampa Bay teammates to opponents. On his rookie season: "I just wanted the season to hurry up and end so they could fire the coaches. They didn't know what they were doing. All they wanted was to come in Sundays and shake hands with other coaches around the league.
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