Saturday, May 26, 1973
THE SUMMER DAILY
Page Eleven "
Saturday, May 26, 1973 THE SUMMER DAILY Page Eleven
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By CHUCK BLOOM
When Speedway president Tony
Holman barks out those famous
first words, "Gentlemen, start
your engines!" 33 of the world's
best drivers become as previous
winner Bobby Unser stated
"basket cases." So it will be this
Monday morning at 11 a.m. When
a Cadillac Eldorado driven by
former winner Jim Rathmann
leads 33 of the world's fastest
cars around the two-and-a-half
mile asphalt oval for the 57th
running of the Indianapolis 500,
the premier spectacle in auto
For perhaps the last year, this
Memorial Day event will be held
on the designated holiday. Due.
to television and the calendar,
the organizers of the Indy 500
have decided to hold the race
on the Sunday prior to Memorial
But this year more than 335,000
racing enthusiasts will jam the
ancient brickyard to witness a
wide-open race. With the ears
failing to reach the magic 200-
mph mark in qualifying earlier
this month, nevertheless a new
pole position record was set.
Johnny Rutherford of Fort Worth,
Texas, qualified with a rousing
198.413 mph, with a single lap
over 199 mph.
However, Rutherford is not
favored to win the Classic. That
pre-race honor goes to last year's
victor Mark Donohue driving a
car owned by Detroiter Roger
Penske, who yesterday bought up
the bankrupt Michigan Inter-
national Speedway for $150,000.
Donohue will be on the outside
of the front row with the man in
the middle, Bobby Unser, con-
sidered the other driver to beat.
Unser won the event in 1968 and
his brother Al, also entered this
year, took the crown twice.
Other veterans of victory lane
who are competing include 1969
victor Mario Andretti and three-
time winner A. J. Foyt, going for
a record fourth Indy win. But
Foyt is starting far back in the
pack in eighth row and not since
1966 when Graham Hill did it
has any driver come from beyond.
the sixth row to win.
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The biggest factor this year machine which eventually crash-
will not be tires, gas consump- ed into one of the retaining walls.
tion, or driver durability, but the But experts have defended the
weather. There is a 20 to 50 per- improved designs, what En-
cent chance of showers threaten- gland's David Hobbs calls "a
ing to mar the race. The 500 has sort of low-level aviation," as
only been postponed twice in its actually providing a greater road
history, 1915 and 1967. stability. What happened to Pol-
If the prestige of winning isn't lard can happen to any driver
enough motivation, perhaps the who straps himself into the cock-
$1 million purse will be. Last pit of any Indy machine.
year, Donohue carted home some But aside the obvious big
$218,767, and this year that fig- names, there are many notable
S. . ... rr i::::i}'r.........a,,::'r drivers who deserve some men-
You can see the Indy 500 on tion.
channel 7 at 9 p.m. and station There is Mel Kenyon who
WAAM (1600) will carry the race drives with only one hand, hav-
live starting at 10:30 a.m.. ing lost the other in an accident
some years back. Kenyon locks
sms2a~inss25Atssasas#smeist!Emsshis handless arm onto a pin
ure could be higher depending o attached to the steering wheel.
lap money, and attendance. Not Two sons of deceased Indy. vet-
only is the Indy 500, the world's erans, Billy Vucovich and Gary
prestige race, it is also the Bettenhausen, are very much in
richest race on any circuit. the race picture.
There is racing's hard-luck kid,
A good deal of controversy Lloyd Ruby. Ruby always, year
has been raised at the Speedway after year, finds himself on the
over the high speeds. Improved threshold of victory only to have
aero-dynamics have made cars Lady Luck deal him a cruel blow.
sleeker, faster, and, according to Steve Krisoloff has car num-
some, more dangerous. The new her 22 and Jerry Karl, whose
winged design, originally initiated car is powered by a Chevrolet
for greater stability, was the engine, the first time in a long
cause of Art Pollard's death dur- while that a manufacturer's en-
ing qualifications. gine is being used, are among
Pollard's air foil separated the special breed of men who
from the car causing him to spend Memorial Day weekend
loose complete control of the driving for money and pride.
The Fastest 33
First Row ton, Ohio, (77), McLaren-Offy, 190.739;
J.ohnny Rutherford, Ft. worth, Tex., Jerry Grant, Irvine, Calif., (48), Eagle-
(No. 7), McLaren - Offenhauser, 198.413 Offy, 190.235.
m.p.h.; Bobby Unser, Albuquerque, N. seventh Row
M., (8), Eagle-Offy, 198.183; Mark Mel Kenyon, Lebanon, Ind., (19)
Donohue, Newtown Square, Pa., (66), Eagle-Foyt, 190.225; Wally Dallenbach,
Eagle-Offy, 197.412. East Brunswick, N.J., (62), Eagle-Offy,
Second Row 190.194; Mike Mosley, Clermont, Ind.,
Swede Savage, Santa Ana, Calif., (40), (98), Eagle-Offy, 189.753.
Eagle-Offy, 196.582; Gary Bettenhausen, Eighth Row
Tinley Park,- I1l., (5), McLaren-Offy, David Hobbs, Upper Boddington, Eng-
195.599; Mario Andretti, Nazareth, Pa., land, (73), Eagle-Offy, 189.454; A. J.
(11), Parnelli-Offy, 195.059. Foyt Jr., Houston, Tex., (14), Coyote-
Tihrd Row Foyt, 188.927; John Martin, Long
Steve Krisiloff, Parsippany, N. J., Beach, Calif., (89), McLaren-Offy,
(2%), Kingfish-Offy, 194.932; Al Unser, 194.384.
Albuquerque, N. M., (4), Parnelli-Offy, Ninth Row
194.879; Jimmy Caruthers, Anaheim, Lee Kunzman, Guttenberg, Iowa,
Calif., (21), Eagle-Offy, 194.217. (16), Eagle-Offy, 193-092; Mike Hiss,
Fourth Row Tustin, Calif., (6), Eagle-Offy, 191.939;
Peter Revson, Redondo Beach, Calif., Dick Simon, Salt Lake City, Utah, (44),
(15),. McLaren-Offy,. 192.606;. Gordon Eagle-Foyt, 191.276.
Johncock, Franklin, Ind., (20), Eagle- Tenth Row
Offy, 192.555; Bobby Allison, Hueytown, Jerry Karl, Manchester, Pa., (30),
Ala., (12), McLaren-Offy, 192-308. Eagle-Chevrolet, 190.799; Joe Leonard,
Fifth Row San Jose, Calif., (1), Parnelli-Offy,
Graham McRae, Wellington, New Zea- 189.954; George Snider, Bakersfield,
land, (60), Eagle-Offy, 192.031, Roger Calif., (84), Coyote-Foyt, 190.355.
McCluskey, Tucson, Ariz., (3), MeLar- Eleventh Row
en-Offy, 191.928; Lloyd Ruby, Wichita Bob ,Harkey, Indianapolis, Ind., (28),
Falls, Tex., (18), Eagle-Offy, 191.622. Eagle - Foyt, 189.733; Sam Sessions
Sixth Row Nashville, Mich., (9), Eagle-Foyt, 188.-
Billy Vukovich, Fresno, Calif., (2), 986; Jim McElreath, Arlington, TeX.,
Eagle-Offy, 191.103; Salt Walther, Day- (35), Eagle-Offy, 188.640.
THIS NICE LITTLE LADY IS MOM UNSER, and her two sons,
Bobby and Al, drive fast cars for a living. In fact, they will be
dueling for victory in Mondiy's Indianapolis 500. But whom will she
root for? Neither . . she loves them both. The poodle doesn't care
either which way.
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