May 26, 1996 |
If it's your custom on the Sunday before Memorial Day to pull up to your TV set and watch the Indianapolis 500, and you haven't been paying close attention to Indy car racing this year, there is something you should know. Former winners Bobby Rahal, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr. and Jacques Villeneuve won't be racing at Indy today. Neither will Michael Andretti, Paul Tracy or Jimmy Vasser. Robby Gordon? Uh-uh. Raul Boesel? Nope.
May 25, 1996 |
Michael Andretti is worried about the Indianapolis 500. He's worried about it this year, and he's worried about it long range. He figures that the feud that has left Indy car racing with two competing events this Memorial Day weekend will have serious, negative effects on the race he, and so many of his fellow drivers, consider the sport's crown jewel. And he blames Tony George, the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the founder of the new Indy Racing League, the man behind the split.
October 8, 1996 |
The Indianapolis 500 will have its racing date to itself next May. Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc., the older Indy car sanctioning body, will not go head-to-head with the Indianapolis race, centerpiece of the newer Indy Racing League, but that does not mean the two racing organizations are any closer to peace. The CART schedule, released Monday, shows a race at the yet-to-be-built Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.--across the Mississippi River from St.
May 21, 1996 |
Jumping from the cockpit of his sleek Indy race car, Al Unser Jr. could be mistaken for a walking billboard. Seemingly every inch of his red jumpsuit is covered with corporate logos. Unser's garb is a fitting symbol for Indy car racing. Its high-decibel, high-tech machines--capable of 240 mph on the straightaways--have fostered a $1-billion-a-year enterprise that has become one of America's fastest-growing sports industries.
May 27, 1996 |
Once they got it started Sunday, the drivers representing Championship Auto Racing Teams put on just about the kind of show everyone here was hoping for in the U.S. 500, the anti-Indianapolis 500. In a race of sweeping passes, frequent lead changes and multicar position competition, winner Jimmy Vasser had the kind of day that usually shows up only in bad fiction.
May 27, 1996 |
Let me get another look at that book--you know, the one that says rookies cause most of the big accidents in Indy-car racing and that you need veteran drivers in a race to keep them from destroying themselves and the race generally. Read me again the part where it tells you to look out for young guys in their first race. Because I have trouble reconciling that with what happened in the big doubleheader of oval auto racing Sunday.