May 25, 1990 |
You're Emerson Fittipaldi and everything's all right. Car owners are fighting to put you in the driver's seat. You get your pick of the cars, the crews, the parts. You fly first class, stay in the Palace. Money is no object. You're Danny Sullivan, any Andretti, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, and you're getting in the automotive elite. The Roger Penske team, the Babe Ruth Yankees of auto racing, is courting you. You get machines hand-tooled for speed in elegant test centers in England.
May 25, 1997 |
Whoever wins today's 500 will be busy for the next few days. After the victory banquet Monday night, where a record $8 million in prize money is expected to be handed out, IRL officials have arranged a whirlwind tour of media interviews. Starting with a luncheon Tuesday at the Tavern on the Green in New York, the tour flies to Dallas on Wednesday, then will be at the new Pikes Peak track near Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 9-11 and in Orlando, Fla., on June 13-14. * John Paul Jr.
May 21, 1992 |
Scott Brayton has a special reason for driving a Buick-powered car in Sunday's Indianapolis 500: The engines are built by Brayton Engineering of Coldwater, Mich., which is owned by Scott and his father, Lee. "That's not why I choose the Buick over the Chevrolet I drive the rest of the year," Brayton explained. "There's no sentiment in racing. I chose the Buick because after testing both cars here at Indy, I felt it was the best package, the best combination of chassis and engine for this track."
May 19, 1996 |
He won a $100,000 bonus. He won a $35,000 Dodge Tiara van. He won them for driving an automobile 234 mph, to take the pole position for the 80th running of the Indy 500. Say a car passing you on the freeway is doing 58. Picture one going four times faster. Scott Brayton's did. "The good Lord willing, He allowed us to get through it all. I'll tell you, we had a major heart rate going," Brayton said. May 11, 1996. * May 27, 1982. Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
May 27, 1995 |
Indianapolis Motor Speedway was closed Friday, but pole-sitter Scott Brayton drove a couple of laps over the track--in the Goodyear blimp. Brayton took the controls from pilot John Moran and circled the Spirit of Akron around the track, taking a close look at what he will be racing on in Sunday's 500-mile race. "It's nice up here," he told a couple of writers and photographers along to record the feat. "The walls aren't nearly as close.
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.