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BOBBY UNSER contemplates his attempt at topping Gordie Johncock's 201 mph lap during Fri-
day's time trials at MIS in the Irish Hills.
Grantz: No 'Hot Dog'
By JOHN OWENS
Money Talks! Especially in
Championship Auto Racing where
campaigning a competitive com-
bination can cost upwards of $1,-
Bob Gruntz, M.E. '66, M.B.A.
'68, is attempting to prove that
results can speak louder than
the clanking bullion which some-
times drowns out the roaring
Offys and Fords. Gruntz, t h e
supercharged team manager for
No. 89 - the "Unsponsored Spec-
ial" - applies his Wolverine
book-learning in the toughest of
engineering arenas - and with
impressive results. Teaming with
rising-star driver John Martin,
Gruntz helped the fledging oper-
ation gain 14th starting position
for the 1972 Indianapolis "500",
putting Martin high in conten-
tion for Rookie-of-the-Year hon-
This spring Martin upped his
qualifying speed by a starting 15
mph to 194 plus, clocking ninth
fastest time overall and besting
such veterans as Joe Leonard
and A. J. Foyt by five mph;
however, by qualifying on the se-
cond day of trials, he was forc-
ed to start back in the eighth
row. When the "500" was red-.
flaged after 133 laps, Martin had
zoomed to 8th place. After the
race Martin told the press, "I
honestly believe we would have
won it (a full 200 laps). The
car just kept feeling feeling bet-
ter and better."
For his afternoon ride Martin
picked up $25,000 - not to balm
the disappointment - but to
plow right back into the oper-
ation. Together Gruntz and Mar-
tin map the strategy which will
keep the "UNsponsored Special"
in contention for a chunk of each
race's purse - but rarely can
the duo expect a payday as lav-
ish as Indy's, prize. Maintainence
of the machine is expertly per-
formed in the shops of their
Automotive Technology Corpora-
tion in Long' Beach, Calif.
COMMENTING on Martin's
qualifying effort for this past
Sunday's 200 miles at MIS,
Gruntz stated: "We qualified at
a speed which we thought was
fast enough to make the race.
Our strategy is to save the en-
gine for when we get paid . . .
for the race. Indy Car racing re-
quires a great deal of money.
The budget is the determining
factor." John Martin finished
7th, earning $2,500 in Sunday's
Contrast this to the approach
of some moneyed teams whose
sponsors pour in the dollars to see
their cars run for the pole and
charge into the lead .with little
concern as to whether the car
finishes - all to extract maxi-
mum promotional value.
ARE BOB GRUNTZ and John
Martin then reaching for a '-'Dav-
id kills Goliath"-type pipe?
dream? Not at all. These man
realize that the days of the
"home made Indy car victory are
gone - forever. Gruntz applies
those analytical and promotional
tools honed in the MBA program,
while Martin uses his mechanical
expertise and heavy right foot
in trying to land that big spon-
sor. How big? Both figure that
$250,000 wil make them competi-
tive with everyone - not a very
large figure at al, considering
commercial advertising costs to-
day and the estimated budgets of
competitors - "This is a win-
ning combination!" Gruntz pro-
claims emphatically, "We lack
one thing - money. Of getting a
sponsor, we are quite hopeful.
Looking forward to the futura,
and being a graduate of the Uni-
versity of Michigan in 1968, I'd
like to get a Michigan sponsor.
This refglects a realistic, care-
fully planned effort to meet the
"Hot Dogs" on equal footing.
When their machine becomes
the "Sponsored Special", listen
up - their results will put their
voices (and their sponsor's name)
in victory line.
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