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IRISH HILLS-Happiness is watching a sports

Night Editor: Pat Atkins

Ecstasy is driving one.
It's the intention of the new Michigan Inter-
national Speedway to satisfy both desires by
offering an excelent racing program and an out-
standing driving school.
Yesterday, they satisfied the urges of a few
fans as the speedway was opened to the press with
an all out effort. Ford Motor Company was on
hand with a number of new cars for reporters
to race around a slalom course.
Race car driver, A. J. Foyt was on hand to give
demonstration rides around the track in a Ford
stock racer. Even a few determined reporters were
allowed to try out their own cars on a portion of
the track.
And to climax the-. afternoon, Foyt's airplane
staged an impromptu crash when it attempted to
land on the track and the landing gear collapsed.
If the speedway plans on going to these levels
to satisfy its customers, it's bound to be a success.
The first attempt of the racing complex
will be a 250 mile United States Auto Club
(USAC) championship race to be held Oc-
tober 13. Next year, a variety of races are
planned, including Can-Am, championship,
Trais-Am sedan, and stock cars.
To satisfy the urge of those who want to race
instead of watch, the complex is hosting a branch
.of the top English racing school, Motor Racing
Stables, and will begin sessions next spring.

-Daily-Andy Barbas,
A. J. FOYT TESTED the new oval and predicted it would be the
fastest high speed course ever designed. With speeds expected to
approach 200 miles a'n hour, the track was constructed with
safety a principle objective.

Located in the rolling Irish Hills area, the speed-
way is actually four race courses in one. The
primary course is a two mile modified oval to be
used for stock and championship races. With the
curves banked at 18 degrees, it is expected to
be the fastest circuit in the country. During recent
tests speeds well over 180 miles an hour were
The other three courses are road courses. A
three mile grand prix circuit will be dominant.
It will share pits and a portion. of the main
straightaway with the oval, but will also. extend
outside of the oval over the countryside.
The two smaller courses are primarily portions
of the larger road course. The 2.25 mile circuit?
will consist mostly of 'the portion of road 'outside
of the oval; the 1.25 mile course will 'be the part
within the oval and will also share part of the
straightaway with the oval.
The driving school will use the facilities of the
speedway for its instruction. Headed by the
founder of the Motor Racing Stables, Geoffrey
Clark, the faculty will include a number of grand
prix drivers. Peter Arundel, a member of the
Lotus racing team, will be chief instructor.
The speedway is the idea of Lawrence
Lopatin. Lopatin's ventures have varied from
a motorized golf cart company to a proposed,
gondola across the Detroit River. Probably
his most successful venture to date is the,
Windsor Raceway, an all-weather horse-
racing track located in the Detroit .area.
His plan to construct Michigan International
Speedway, though, is his biggest and best thought-
out idea. The whole facility was designed with the
spectator in mind. From the permanent seats
holding 25,000 spectators, it is possible to see the
entire oval and over 80 per cent of the grand
prix course. The infield area also provides the
spectator with a view of the whole track.
The scoreboards designed for the complex
will be the most accurate ever produced for a
raceway with up-to-the-minute standings showing
average speed and differences between the drivers.
The oval was designed by Charles Moneypenny,
who was the architect of the Daytona Speedway
Moneypenny combined talents with the renowned
former grand prix driver, Stirling Moss, in de-
signing the road courses.
Detroit has long been known as the auto
capital of the world, but it never had the
opening of the Michigan International Speed-
facilities to show off its wares. With the
Speedway, Detroit may, be on its way to be-
coming the racing capital of the world.

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, loc ated near Irish Hills, is the first auto racing
plex designed for all types of racing. The circuit will have four courses: 1) a "D" shaped high
oval, 2) a three mile grand prix course extending out of the oval, 3) a 2.25 mile road course
mostly the outer portion of the grand prix track, and 4) a 1.25 mile interior road course for t

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, (/) - The first contingent of team

The controversy, over what Avery
Brundage did or did not say about
sending demonstrating athletes
home from the Olympic Games
seems to have quieted down al-
most as quickly as it appeared.
Athletes at this high-altitude
Olympic training camp who ear-
ly in the week were calling for
Brundage's resignation as presi-
dent of the International Olympic
Committee, agreed Wednesday it
was all a misunderstanding.
Stan Wright, Negro assistant
Olympic track coach, said he had
spoken with Brundage by phone
and had been assured by the 81'-
year-old IOC head that his state-
ments about demonstrators hadl
not been meant tor apply just to
American Negroes.
"It was an over-all statement,"
Wright said, "and applied to any
country and any country and any
event. It was misconstrued. It's a
closed matter.
"We cannot afford to go to
Mexico City as a haif-black/ or
half-white team. We're going'as
an' American team."

members is scheduled to leave
on Wednesday from Denver for
the Mexico City Games, which
are to start Oct. 12.
The U.S. team lists 85 athletes
who competed' in the last Olym-
pics at Tokyo four years ago.
These include swimmer Don
Schollander, who captured four
gold medals in 1964, and Al
Oerter, a three-time winner in the
discus throw;
American athletes captured 35
gold medals at Tokyo, with 12,
coming in men's track and field
and 16 in men's and women's

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OJ tips scales for USC Kramer sidelined for season
A bruising sport, football is win a spot on the All-Big Ten
EVANSTON, Ill. - Southern durability but Southern Cal is based on body contact, and such team. Stincic will make the trip
California, led by All-American a great team all around. contact of the bodies takes its ' Durham with the team this
O. J. Simpson, puts its third place Elsewhere, fourth-ranked Penn week but he is a doubtful starter.
IState entertains Kansas State, tolls. A lso on the injured list is sen-
ranking on the, line, against North- Florida, No. 5,is at Florida State No team expects to go through ior defensive end Jon Kramer.
western tomorrow. ' and seventh-rated Alabama hosts a season without some sort of in- Kramer underwent exploratory
Simpson and his Trojan team- Southern Mississippi at Mobile. juries and this week Michigan surgery yesterday morning at thej
mates rate as three touchdown 'Sixth-rated Texas is at Texas footballers have incurred their University Hospital for a knee
favoritds on the strength of a 29- Tech and No. 8 UdLA faces Wash- share of bumps. injury received in last week's
20 victory over Minnesota a week ington State at home in night Tom Stincic, a senior lineback- game with California.
contests, while Houston, rated er, suffered a shoulder strain in The doctors were unable to find
10th, is idle.' practice Tuesday. A strong candi- anything definite but it is unlike-
Simpson scored four touch- date for All-American honors, ly Kramer will see action for the
downs against the Gophers and Ohio State, ranked 11th, opens Stinsic is cited as an anchor man rest of this seas6n. The lo's. of
carried the ball 39 times for 236 its season at home against South- to bolster the Michigan defense Kramer's aggressiveness and de-
yards. He also caught six passes ern Methodist, No. 15 Miami of from his linebacker spot. Although sire will hurt the Wolverine de-
for 57 yards. Florida visits Georgia Tech. injured last year, Tom went on to fensive attack.
Despite all his credentials, Sixteenth 'ranked Tennessee - - - -- -
Northwestern Coach Alex Agase Iwelcomes Memphis State, 18th-
isn't worried about Simpson alone. rated Oregon State is at Utah,,
"No sense in worrying about Arizona State, No. 19 entertains
O.J." said Agase. "You know what ~Texas-El Paso and Wyoming, No.,
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you can do about stopping him.I State, No. 14, visits Rice for a
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