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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1967

THE MICHIGAN DAILY SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1967

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'500' Time

By PETER BRETT
Daily Guest Writer
SPEEDWAY CITY, Indiana -
"My work is my hobby, and that's
ab it of an achievement to start
with, isn't it?" said Graham Hill,
nine year veteran of the Grand
Prix circuit and winner of last
year's Indianapolis "500" Race.
The English-born driver seemed
relaxed as he sat in the Lotus
garage after the Sunday qualify-
Ing trials for this year's "500."
"It's not the sort of race that you
can compare to the European
Grand Prix, at all. It's a more
narrow race, it seems like, but
every bit as difficult." The dif-
ficulties that Hill faced this year
almost kept him out of the race.
In the two weekends of qualifying
tests prior to the actual race, Hill
threw a piston in his own engine
and blew up a second engine that
he borrowed from A. J. Foyt.
Working through the night, his
Group Lotus mechanics managed
to repair the original engine barely
seven hours before the cut-off
hour for the time trials.
"Sure, we were on pins and
needles around here after Foyt's
engine blew," said Jim Endruwidt,
Hill's racing manager. "I got may-
be twenty minutes sleep up there
las tnight," he added, poining his

finger to some tool chests standing
against the wall of the garage.
"Now we've got a bit of a chance
to pull the lice off ourselves be-
fore the carburetion ratings begin
on Friday. We can use the rest."
COMPETITION for the "500"
begins three weeks before the
race. There are 33 positions, with
about twice as many entrants
competing to get into the final
line-up. After ┬░passing the rookie
driver's test, an entrant completes
four laps around the track and the
average lap speed determines if
he is fast enough to secure a place
in the final lineup.
At the closing hour of the quali-
Uications runs onSunday, the lap
average for the top thirty-three
cars was slightly above 164 mph,
which is almost four miles per
hour faster than last year's aver-
age.
Graham Hill qualified last Sun-
day morning at 163.312 mph, while
Photography by
ROBERT SHEFFIELD

Trials
spectators held their breath to see
if he was going to blow up his
engine for a third time. After
qualifying, the 1966 race winner
said, "I think my chances of win-
ning are good. We're all moving
at higher speeds but we've also
got better cars. Actualy, there's no
way of telling who is going to get
it this year."
Other favorites for this year's
race are: Roger McCluskey, who
averaged 165.563 mph in his G. C.
Murphy Special; Mario Andretti,
whose top qualifying speed of
168.892 mph placed him in the
front starting row; Jim Clark,
1965 "500" race winner, who placed
this year at 163.213 mph; A. J.
Fuyt, two-time speedway winner
who was clocked this year at 166.
285 mph; and Parnelli Jones, 1963
speedway winner and qualifier at
166.559 mph. Jones is the only
entrant in the race this year who
is using a turbine engine.
CARBURETION T U N E-U P S
yesterday gave the drivers their
last opportunity to hone their
machines, since the track will be
closed until Tuesday. Several hun-
dred thousand spectators at the
track plus millions around the
country will then witness this
country's most spectacular racing
event.

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